Sunday 21 January 2018

Ansgar can show class to get Harty up and running

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Sabrina Harty can record a first success of the 2011 Flat season courtesy of Ansgar, her sole runner at The Curragh this evening.

The Newbridge handler's horses have been running well, including Ansgar, which gave best only to the smart Irish Review on its reappearance at The Curragh on Guineas weekend. Back in third that day was Sunday's facile winner Apache, so the nap selection's form stands up well.

A son of Celtic Swing, Ansgar is making just his third career start in the Winders Electrical Supporting KARE Maiden tonight. With the likes of Gort Na Mona, Pirate Chest and El Gran Torino also bringing placed form to the table, the 20-runner contest is undoubtedly competitive, but few have as much potential as Harty's colt.

Minsk is another lightly raced three-year-old that is fancied on the seven-race programme. John Oxx's Dalakhani gelding makes its handicap debut in the finale over 12 furlongs, having been placed behind Notable Graduate and Secretsubstitute respectively on his two outings this term.

Those were solid efforts, so an introductory mark of 76 is fair. Printmaker, Quaintly and Bat Masterson line out on the back of recent wins. Printmaker looks the most likely of that collective to follow up, but he must concede 7lbs to Minsk.

In the feature, the €26,000 Donate To KARE at Silver Stakes, Jessica Harrington's Curragh winner Bob Le Beau bids for a first Pattern success. An improving sort, it would be no surprise to see him go very close in the Listed event.

Formerly trained by Pat Flynn, She's Our Mark makes her debut here for Dermot Weld and the Moyglare Stud, but Viscount Nelson is the one of the five runners that sets the standard on form. Placed twice in Group Ones last season, the Ballydoyle representative can be expected to improve for a feeble enough effort on his reappearance at Sandown back in April.

The day's jumping activity takes place at Tramore, where Eoin Doyle can build on his excellent record at his local venue. Each of the first three races could fall his way.

In the opening maiden hurdle, Safari Sunup, an encouraging fourth at Punchestown a fortnight ago, has a solid chance, as do Sixteen Forty Two and Knight Eagle subsequently. Sixteen Forty Two drops in class in the two-mile handicap hurdle, while Knight Eagle also has form in better races than the maiden he contests now.

Irish Independent

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