Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 February 2018

Alaivan can do business

RACING: History can repeat itself in today's feature at Naas, where Edward O'Grady and Andrew McNamara are fancied to land the Fishery Lane Hurdle for the second year in a row.

This Listed contest for four-year-olds went the way of the Thomas Barr-owned Torphichen 12 months -- and Alaivan can do the business this time.

Third in last season's Triumph Hurdle, O'Grady's charge makes his first appearance since disappointing at Auteuil in May.

Conceding weight to Son Amix and Leblon will not be easy, but Alaivan's class can prevail.

The same alliance of O'Grady, McNamara and Barr also have bright prospects in the preceding Become A Naas Annual Member Chase, in which their Osana will probably start favourite.

This former smart hurdler looked in need of the run on his reappearance at Down Royal earlier this month, but ran very respectably in third behind The Nightingale.

The obvious danger is the Tony Martin-trained Psycho -- today's testing conditions will play to his strengths.

Psycho's stable companion Northern Alliance bids to defy top weight in the Event Hire At Naas Racecourse Handicap Hurdle and while the nine-year-old looks well treated on his return to hurdles, it might pay to take a chance on Charles Byrnes' The Dew At Night.

Action gets under way with a maiden hurdle that can go the way of Medical Card.

Irish Independent

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