Barneys Honour looks a solid option
BARNEYS HONOUR is napped to defy a mandatory 6lb penalty to score for a second time in five days at Downpatrick this afternoon.
In four runs since switching to Gordon Elliott's care, the nine-year-old has been rejuvenated, exploiting favourable ratings to win once each over hurdles and fences.
His second success came when he strode 10 lengths clear over fences at Navan on Saturday and he looks a solid option to make it three from five in today's inferior two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap chase.
Granted, Barneys Honour has all of 12st 4lbs to carry, but he should be well up to it under Paul Carberry in a 10-runner heat that lacks any depth.
Carberry's only other ride on the card is Davyroy in the novices' handicap hurdle, but James Lambe's Liam McKenna-ridden Shanroe Society is fancied as the one to beat here.
Successful off 86 at Thurles in January, Shanroe Society ran really well behind Luke's Benefit on his return to the Tipperary venue three weeks ago.
Although nearly 10 lengths behind the easy winner, there was little between him and the runner-up, leaving the distinct impression that he could win off his current rating of 93 for his 7lb-claiming rider.
With the ground having dried out to yielding, Daytime Dreamer is also fancied for Armagh-based Lambe in the following handicap hurdle. Daytime Dreamer hasn't run over flights since finishing third at Gowran Park in November, though he will be plenty fit from frequent appearances at Dundalk.
A course winner in June, Eddie Connell's mount will appreciate any further drying out of the ground, and this is another race short on quality.
Champion jockey Davy Russell can make his venture north pay when he takes the reins on Ma Belle Amie. Colin Bowe's charge, third at Fairyhouse last week, tackles the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Maiden Hurdle.
On all known form, she should win if she beats Tom Cooper's Queen Of The Hill and the suspicion is that she is a slightly better mare than that similarly consistent sort, with the step up to two and a quarter miles likely to be in her favour.