Tuesday 20 February 2018

Marathon star Lisa faces tough task on return

The Gain Dog Food Corn Cuchulainn begins tomorrow at Harold's Cross
The Gain Dog Food Corn Cuchulainn begins tomorrow at Harold's Cross
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Virtually all of our top six-bend performers are in the draw for what promises to be an excellent Gain Dog Food Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross.

The 750 yard event gets under way tomorrow, and last year's Stayer of the Year Sidarian Lisa will be taking on the best of this season's crop.

The Graham Holland-trained Lisa was a most consistent stayer last year, and finished third in this event behind Razldazl Pacino, but she hasn't raced since the Night of Stars in November.

She faces a tough task in the third heat with the likes of Crompaun Jamesy in opposition.

Likely to vie for favouritism with her are Brendan Maunsell's Fire Height Amy and Fraser Black's Droopys Oddysey, while I still retain faith in the ability of Liam Dowling's Ballymac Bonnie.

Mullan double?

A new name making waves at Shelbourne recently is northern trainer Willie Mullan and he has fair prospects of a double tonight.

His House Manners (8.43) has won three of his last four races and he ran really well to win an A5 stake last week after being slowly away.

He is capable of much better and, despite the threat of Owen McKenna's Believe, he should have what it takes to extend his winning ways in a heat of an A3 event.

Mullan is due a winning turn with Athboy Dubh (10.13) and the youngster can win at his eighth attempt in the concluding A2/3 575. He will be ideally suited by the step up in trip and is given the vote ahead of Good Approach and Abbeyville Olly.

Another worth noting is the Noel Walker-trained Faypoint View (9.58) which is well drawn in an A3 contest and can bring a halt to a losing run.


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