Saturday 19 August 2017

Point-to point

Large entries across the board should make for quality racing tomorrow. The Gain mares' final at Ballynoe has attracted a quality field, which will make for a cracking contest.

Robert Tyner's recent Dromahane winner Oscars Business gets a marginal vote. Batt O'Connell's Truckers Benefit should take the opening confined maiden and O'Connell can double up in the Open with Rudi Trucker.

At Monksgrange, Denis Cullen's Ghost Charger and David Kelly's Finnegan Paddy can take each split of the five-year-old maiden, while Done En Dusted will again be hard to beat in the winners' race. Batiatus, Ballyduag and Ballyadam Boy are the top three in the six-year-old maiden.

Bobs Allegiance can take the opening confined maiden at Castletown, while Hereishoping is a confident bet in the five and six-year-old maiden. David Christie can saddle the older maiden winner in Bell On Bike.

At Templemore, the Lalors' Carrigeen Lechuga will be the star attraction as she bids for her sixth success. Paul Cashman could have a profitable day with Flying Vic in the opening four-year-old maiden and Castle Genie in the mares' maiden. Quelas could take the winners' race for Clodagh Beegan.

Number of the Week

4 Last Sunday at Lisronagh, Niall Kelleher completed the significant achievement of riding winners in four different decades -- beginning with his first in 1985 at Bartlemy

Horse To Follow

Castletownsend is a fine big stamp of a chaser which is a really bright prospect. He won well at Liscarroll and has plenty more to offer.

Weekend Selection

Carrigeen Lechuga bids to become the first horse to win a maximum six races. She began the season a maiden and if the Lalors mare can win at Templemore, it will be one of the finest training achievements in point to pointing history.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Today

North Down, at Kirkistown 1.30

Tomorrow

Bree, at Monksgrange 2.0

Westmeath, at Castletown-Geoghegan 2.0

Suir Vale, at Templemore 1.30

United, at Ballynoe 2.0

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport