Friday 20 October 2017

Tess is more than capable of staying firm

Ger Kiely’s Airmount Tess is on the brink of history at Shelbourne where she will be bidding to complete a double in the six-bend classic. Photo: Stock Image
Ger Kiely’s Airmount Tess is on the brink of history at Shelbourne where she will be bidding to complete a double in the six-bend classic. Photo: Stock Image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

It's another very busy Friday at the tracks with the final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn bringing out the staying stars at Shelbourne while the top sprinters will be contesting the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk.

Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess is on the brink of history at Shelbourne where she will be bidding to complete a double in the six-bend classic. She was only a novice over the trip last year when she won but she is now the well-established queen of the stayers and will go off a short priced favourite to lift the prize of €12,500.

Airmount is very well drawn in trap one and it is quite possible that she will be either in front or challenging for the lead with a circuit to go. Her ability to stay means she can then dominate the contest.

The obvious dangers are the bitches Frankies Lady and Ballymac Sarahjo and either is capable of leading. But will they have the strength to hold off Airmount? Doubtful!

Up at Dundalk there are a few intriguing clashes in the second round of our sprint classic. The highlight should be the second meeting of Ballymac Bigmike and Toolmaker Rambo in Heat 3 but the race is complicated by the presence of heat winners Compliance and Jennys Boy as well as English trained Fweshfromthesesh. Ballymac can lead them home.

Heat six looks another intriguing race with Fleetwood Lee likely to progress from his first round win and he can lead home Cometwopass.

Irish Independent

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