Tuesday 21 November 2017

Apache Gold to deliver the goods for Breen

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

PAT BREEN, a part-time trainer whose day will get under way with the post round in Mallow this morning, can be relied on to deliver again this evening courtesy of Apache Gold at Naas.

Having only received his restricted licence in March, Breen got among the winners when Apache Gold denied Happy Anniversary -- which has since won three times -- at Gowran Park three weeks ago.

Ridden there by 16-year-old Pat O'Donnell, whose Kilmallock-based father and namesake saddled Chance Coffey to a famous Cheltenham Festival triumph in 1995, the lightly raced gelding didn't run too badly behind Big Bad Billy Bob at Killarney next time.

In this evening's MSR Supporting Naas Hurling Apprentices' Handicap, Apache Gold is reunited with the 4lb claiming O'Donnell.

Moreover, the handicapper has eased him 2lb since Killarney, leaving him well treated in an otherwise open looking 18-runner contest.

The feature at the Kildare venue is the Dark Angel EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes, a Listed race that boasts the card's sole British raider, Miss Complex. A Thirsk maiden winner, she will be ridden by Pat Smullen for Limerick native Brian Meehan, but shouldn't be good enough.

Last year's victor Katla bids for back-to-back successes for John Grogan. A fine third to Definightly at the Curragh, Katla isn't without a chance on slow ground that she handles well, though this looks a decent opportunity for Fire Lily to get back to winning ways.


Twice a Group Three scorer over this six-furlong trip on soft ground, David Wachman's three-year-old wasn't disgraced when seventh in the July Cup. She drops in class now, and should take plenty of stopping under the title-chasing Wayne Lordan.

The hat-trick-seeking Stones Peak is fancied for the in-form duo of Pat Martin and Ronan Whelan in the KC Civils Handicap, while Eddie Lynam's Lady Gosford and Regal Power get the nod in their respective maidens.

Regal Power disappointed over seven furlongs at Fairyhouse recently, so the drop back to six should suit a filly that previously posted a career-best second here over the trip.

Irish Independent

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