Sport Horse Racing

Friday 15 December 2017

Back Jack in race honouring late McNamara

Jack Kennedy takes the saddle on Killer Crow in tomorrow's JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National. Picture: Sportsfile
Jack Kennedy takes the saddle on Killer Crow in tomorrow's JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National. Picture: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Tomorrow's JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National honours a fallen hero.

The amateur McNamara's death earlier this year was devastating for racing and his local track found a way of remembering him. The hugely-talented teenager Jack Kennedy may be on the winner of the feature in Killer Crow.

Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown combine to provide four runners in this €100,000 race. Kerry National winner Wrath Of Titans has Bryan Cooper's allegiance but Killer Crow was only 7/1 when brought down at Listowel and is around double that price now.

Having benefited hugely from the Willie Mullins-Gigginstown split, Henry de Bromhead has a stronger team now. He has a quartet in this, which he won last year. On Fiddlers Green could be the pick under Mark Enright.

Sub Lieutenant can strike for the Co Waterford handler in the PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated Chase, despite the steadying influence of top weight, while the Elliott-trained Missy Tata looks a class act in the opener.

The Tote Irish Cesarewitch is the feature at the Curragh and this is a deeply competitive renewal. Peter Fahey, who enjoyed a profitable summer and autumn, has a live contender in Alton Bay. Rated 94 when running in a Curragh contest on his handicap debut, he is down to 86, and has an each-way chance.

There are three Listed events and the deeply frustrating Master Speaker should benefit from strong fractions in the Eimer Hannon Travel Waterford Testimonial Stakes, even if he hardly ever wins and has a bit to find at the weights.

Charlie Appleby targets the Staffordstown Stud Stakes with a couple of runners for Godolphin and Kazimiera is preferred, though her 79-day absence is possibly a worry.

The Brown Panther Stakes honours the 2014 Leger winner and Stellar Mass should take the beating at these weights. He finished third in the Irish Derby this term.

A couple of horses more known for National Hunt combat take the eye on the Flat at Limerick today. Balofilo is napped in the first division of the extended 11-furlong handicap. She is housed in a little-known yard so the bookies might underestimate her, yet she is running off just 45.

Tudor City likely will make the market in the second division but he is a bit frustrating and High Expectations is preferred. Gordon Elliott will have been pleased with this one's easy-to-back Curragh sixth on his return and he looks really well-handicapped.

Stablemate Whistle Dixie takes the eye at Fairyhouse. This one is a sister to the brilliant Kicking King and has little to beat on the face of it in the mares' maiden chase today.

Gigginstown should have a good day and they provide two pretty classy sorts in the other beginners' chase. Attribution does not enjoy really testing ground but his hurdles form is good, including a second to Min.

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