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Townend can hone in on Tramore treble


Jockey Paul Townend. Picture: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Jockey Paul Townend. Picture: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Jockey Paul Townend. Picture: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

FORMER champion jockeys Barry Geraghty and Paul Townend make the journey to Tramore this evening and neither should leave the Waterford track without a winner.

Geraghty has a couple of strong chances, including in the first race when he teams up with Edward O'Grady and Banana Flambe, but with Eoin Doyle's Star For Life hard to beat in that, Geraghty's best chance of the night would appear to be Paul Nolan's Rising ALtitude.

The consistent six-year-old has ran a few decent races in this company and should certainly be up to winning a contest of this calibre with the quick ground expected to make the difference later on. Townend has a full book of rides at the meeting and it would be no shock if he was to walk out of there with a treble for the night.



Most would appear to have chances, but the first selected to get his head in front is David O'Brien's Cool Klan who makes a quick reappearance just a week after finishing third in a maiden hurdle at Cork. The six-year-old has been knocking on the door in most of his starts having finished third in a point to point before recording three more placed efforts over hurdles and he can be expected to go that bit better here.

In the Find Us On Facebook Beginners' Chase, Townend will don the colours of Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud who own Edeymi and this highly rated hurdler looks a sure-fire winner of this, providing he puts in a clear round on his chasing debut.

Finally, in the last race, Townend rides for his fellow county man Terence O'Brien and Saigheada Beaga, who is a former point-to-point winner, should oblige for the first time over fences off a mark of just 93.