KOTOR in line for hat-trick
THE in-form Bay Of Kotor is fancied to complete a quick hat-trick on this afternoon's Down Royal card, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL.
Trained by the Co Louth-based John Larkin, Bay Of Kotor had failed to win a race in 10 previous attempts when he turned up at Gowran Park nine days ago. However, he found his groove that day and followed up in style at Navan two days later.
The Andrew Thornton-ridden five-year-old must overcome a six-pound penalty in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle today, but such is the rate of his improvement that it's hard to envisage him being beaten in what is a middling contest.
Gordon Elliott, a potent force in the north, is taken to score with Lord Redsgirth and Rocky Wednesday.
In the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle, Sanmare, third to Boston Bob at Navan, will keep Lord Redsgirth honest, but the latter should win if he shows the form that twice saw him placed at Fairyhouse in January.
In the Sean Graham Bookmakers-sponsored equivalent, Elliott looks to have found a winnable race for the frustrating Rocky Wednesday. Fourth to Monksland at Navan, the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has a good man on board in Robbie McNamara.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners' Chase is arguably the best race on the card. Of those with placed form, the Noel Meade-trained Gran Torino, second to Sir Des Champs at Fairyhouse, has a lot of appeal.