Tuesday 12 December 2017

Caliso Bay ready to step up in style for Kent's boutique yard

Trainer George Kent
Trainer George Kent
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Tramore-based handler George Kent is trusted to deliver with the nap selection Caliso Bay at this evening's modest Clonmel Flat programme.

Kent's son and namesake oversees a boutique-style training yard at the family's Knockenduff Stud, a shrewd operation that sold Custom Cut for €120,000 in the autumn, having purchased him for just €5,800 out of Dermot Weld's yard two years previously. Since Shanooan won at Dundalk in January, Caliso Bay has been the select stable's only other runner on the level.

The homebred really caught the the eye when staying on purposefully for third behind gone Viral over seven furlongs at Gowran Park 11 days ago. She is 3lb higher now, but the step up to 10 furlongs in the card's first handicap should suit, as she is bred to stay.

Moreover, with the Gowran second and fifth, Northern Surprise and Fix It, subsequently finishing first and third at Sligo, Caliso Bay's form is rock-solid. On just the sixth start of her career, then, she appeals as a cracking prospect here under Fergal Lynch.

The Derry-born jockey won the night's most valuable race 12 months ago on Eamonn O'Connell's Captainofthefleet and the partnership try for successive triumphs in the €15,000 Perpetual Cup over two miles now.

However, preferred is Silver Chief, which looked on good terms with herself when scoring readily under Connor King at Limerick two weeks ago.

In a decent heat, Bell Weir, Days Ahead, Caim Hill and Waydownsouth are others to consider.

Mick Winters' Silver Chief may not be the most precocious, but she has always paid her way on the Flat, so her smooth recent victory was not before time. While she is 9lb higher, there is improvement in her at this trip.

David Wachman and Wayne Lordon should take the opener with the useful Dundalk runner-up Circling, and Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning could collect in the maidens with Stirabout and Chance To Dance, which steps up to 10 furlongs after a fine second over six at the Curragh on Monday.

Irish Independent

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