Friday 28 July 2017

Richard Pugh: Point-point

Top Twig looks like providing the highlight of the day in the Open at Loughbrickland this afternoon.

However, he will have to be on his toes to fend off Villon, which was only five lengths behind Top Twig when they met in May.

Spiker The Biker has been unlucky to date, but his consistency deserves reward and he can take the six-year-old maiden, while Ian Ferguson's Clausen looks good in the five-year-old maiden.

Philip Dempsey's The Baler will be suited by conditions and will surely go close at Tattersalls tomorrow.

Gaspar and Skys The Limit could meet for the third time already this season in the Open. The score is one each at the moment, but Skys The Limit looked very impressive last time and gains the vote.

Dads Memory and Glencree Rose stand out in the mares maiden, while Oscar Gregawn will be better suited by this course than Loughrea last week and can take the older maiden.

Moonlight Drive has a very decent run to his credit when third at Cloyne and will be the one to beat in the opening four- year-old maiden at Glenbane tomorrow.

In the five and six-year-old geldings maiden, Alpha Way's age and experience will make him hard to beat.

Number of the Week

7 Only seven mares have, at the age of four, beaten geldings to win a four-year-old maiden over the past five seasons in point-to- -points, which highlights the potential of Baby Shine, which did just that last Sunday.

Horse to follow

Baby Shine took on the geldings off level weights in last Sunday's four-year-old maiden at Kilsheelan and looked most impressive. Kevin O'Donnell's mare looks set for a big future.

Weekend Selection

Alpha Way has the experience and the talent to take the five and six-year-old geldings maiden at Glenbane. He is a six-year-old, which is also an advantage in these contests.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Today: Co Down at Loughbrickland 1.0.

Tomorrow: Golden Vale at Glenbane 12.30; Ward Union at Tattersalls 1.0.

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