Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 19 November 2017

'Can't Catch' Purcell

Trainer Kieran Purcell. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Trainer Kieran Purcell. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

According to Wikipedia, Kieran Purcell is "a retired sportsperson" but the Windgap man may object to that.

Purcell won three All-Ireland titles for Kilkenny in the 1970s. Not a trainer of horses, he provides the nap at Clonmel in You Can't Catch Me.

Running in the Purcell colours of black and amber, You Can't Catch Me showed his affinity with Clonmel by winning at 25/1 in a Flat maiden here recently. That was his fourth Clonmel win and he has a massive chance in tonight's feature handicap hurdle.

The handicapper may argue that he has You Can't Catch Me high enough, yet there was quality about his win on the level and he should run a big race under regular jumps partner Brian O'Connell.

The rated hurdle is a puzzler. O'Connell might initiate the first leg of a double, since Ornua appeals as the type to dictate. The Mahler-bred was heavily backed at Down Royal and delivered for Henry de Bromhead.

French import Lareena may take the beating in the first but at an each-way price Nicaragua is put forward for Con O'Keeffe, who trains in the historic jumps heartland of Doneraile. Another with course form is Rock On Barney, second on both visits to this venue in February. He takes the eye at likely odds in the Quirke uPVC Windows (Clonmel) Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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