Friday 20 April 2018

Bogini to keep O'Callaghan flying high

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Rathangan-based Maurice O'Callaghan, who has already made a bit of a splash in England, might enjoy a first winner on this side of the Irish Sea at Tipperary this evening.

O'Callaghan only graduated from sales preparation to training two months ago, but made an instant impact when Bogini won at Bath and Sandown.

Off a 7lb higher mark than when successful at Sandown a fortnight ago and with top-weight in the Pride Of Tipperary Festival Handicap, the three-year-old will need to keep improving. However, in testing ground conditions that she loves and with the able Leigh Roche taking 5lb off her back, Bogini is napped to do so.

Battleroftheboyne, Possible and Faleena are three others that are in good heart and handle this sort of ground in the competitive five-furlong event.

In the long-distance handicap, William O'Brien is expected to saddle his second winner of the campaign when Capal Dubh Alainn lines out under Rory Cleary.

Paul Deegan and Chris Hayes get the nod in the 12-furlong handicap with the consistent Filatore, while Aidan and Joseph O'Brien might secure a brace courtesy of Parliament Square and I Have A Dream. Parliament Square can build on his fine fifth at Royal Ascot in the opener, while I Have A Dream has the form to win the 12-furlong maiden on his seasonal return.

Irish Independent

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