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Sunday 22 October 2017

Take Peregrine to soar above Wexford foes for Loughran

Peter Fahey trains much the best horse in the Pro-Form Beginners Chase Photo: Getty Images
Peter Fahey trains much the best horse in the Pro-Form Beginners Chase Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Ward

Peregrine Run is the class act today at Wexford, which stages an ordinary jumping card.

The seven-year-old's trainer, Peter Fahey, landed a double last week at Fontwell, illustrating the health of his barn in Monasterevin, and he trains much the best horse in the Pro-Form Beginners Chase.

Considering how well the winner leapt in attack, Peregrine Run performed with credit to finish second to Townshend at Roscommon; that one also had far more chasing experience. Roger Loughran got his mount into a pleasing jumping rhythm and he cannot be opposed now.

The novice hurdle features four previous winners in this code. Morgan has a form edge over Rebelion Boy but the last-named is unexposed and marginally preferred for Jessica Harrington.

Comeback

Garrett Power's Mr Antolini makes considerable each-way appeal in the two-mile handicap hurdle: likely he will be all the better for his comeback run.

Last year's winner Order Of St George is one of 14 runners in tomorrow's showpiece Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Aidan O'Brien's stayer went on to prove his versatility last season by finishing third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and he won the Saval Beg Stakes on his most recent outing at Leopardstown.

"It's been a case of so far so good with Order Of St George this season. I'd say he's in a similar place to last year," said O'Brien.

Another former winner, Ed Dunlop's 2015 hero Trip To Paris, also lines up. Last season's popular St Leger hero Harbour Law runs for Laura Mongan with Michael Bell's Big Orange another which will have its supporters. Hughie Morrison runs his Cesarewitch winner Sweet Selection.

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