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Sunday 23 July 2017

Winkler to make his travels pay

Trainer Eoin Doyle's The Winkler makes the long trek from County Kilkenny to contest the Beginners Chase at Downpatrick. Photo Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Trainer Eoin Doyle's The Winkler makes the long trek from County Kilkenny to contest the Beginners Chase at Downpatrick. Photo Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

The Winkler is one of the stand-out performers on Downpatrick's six-race card as Eoin Doyle's runner makes the long trek from County Kilkenny to contest the Beginners Chase.

Doyle's charge has attained a rating of 123 after his six outings over the larger obstacles to date and, if the grey performs up to that assessment, he should be difficult to beat.

The fly in the ointment for The Winkler could be Aminabad, who has his second start for the Gordon Elliott yard in this extended two-mile-five-furlong event.

A former Willie Mullins inmate who took two bumpers and a couple of hurdles for the record-breaking champion trainer, Aminabad begins over fences under Bryan Cooper in this seven-runner heat. Buck Dancing isn't to be discounted, either, in the Cheltenham Festival-winning colours of owner Philip Reynolds.

Whatever the fate of Aminabad, Gigginstown House Stud have strong credentials in the closing Posh Nosh Flat Race with Bel Sas.

Willie and Patrick Mullins combine with this French-bred, who may not have been suited by the slow pace of the race when finishing last of five when odds-on at Navan last month.

Yet another recruit to the Elliott yard, Buyer Beware, is one to note in the Count Me In Maiden Hurdle, having won on the level in his time with Jessica Harrington.

Irish Independent

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