Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 16 December 2017

Bob Le Beau to make it third time's a charm for Harrington

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

After a nine-day jump racing hiatus prior to Wexford yesterday, National Hunt racing takes centre stage courtesy of two competitive spreads at Limerick and Bellewstown tomorrow.

Of the 16 races, the very first appeals as offering the most solid win option, with Bob Le Beau fancied to land the nap vote in the opening maiden hurdle at the Munster venue.

A Listed Flat winner that was rated 110 at his peak, Jessica Harrington's six-year-old has run well in both his hurdling starts to date, latterly finishing second to Que Pasa at Down Royal.

Having raced keenly in front that day, Bob Le Beau wasn't disgraced to just lose out, and he should be an even more polished proposition on his third try here under Robbie Power.

In the At The Races Rated Hurdle, Knockcroghery is strongly fancied for John Nicholson and Mark Enright.

Another Rebel brings winning form to the table and there is little to choose on official figures between Aughnacurraveel, Kilcrea, Ted Dolly, Catch Me and Pires.

Knockcroghery shares the top mark of 123 with the last-named duo, and the three receive weight from all bar Uncle Tom Cobley.

However, having given the 136-rated Shadow Catcher a fright at Down Royal last month, Knockcroghery is the one that might have the most in hand, and the champion conditional's 3lb claim is a further advantage.

Enright also gets the nod to take the equivalent three-mile chase on Dessie Hughes' fast ground loving Action Master, while Davy Russell can plunder Handicap Chase on Gordon Elliott's Dont Back Down.

The Gigginstown Stud-owned son of Presenting looked well handicapped when prevailing under Davy Condon at Punchestown in May, so a 7lb hike might not stop him here.

Condon may be the man to follow at Bellewstown. He could take the conditions hurdle there for Elliott on Torn Asunder, while in division two of the three-mile handicap hurdle he is on Des McDonogh's Miss Penny Pincher, one of the few form horses on duty in an open affair.

Irish Independent

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