Carberry to hit mark on Oscar
Having hit the crossbar on a couple of occasions last weekend, Paul Carberry is napped to ride his first winner since returning from injury on Oscar Hill at Downpatrick today.
The Gordon Elliott-trained six-year-old, which Carberry finished a distant third on at Fairyhouse in January, hacked up in a handicap chase at Musselburgh on its penultimate start.
On its return to the smaller obstacles at Thurles last week, Carberry's sister Nina took the reins in a ladies' race, but third was again the best he could manage over two miles. In today's Roadhouse Pub Novices' Handicap Hurdle, an extra couple of furlongs will help Oscar Hill's cause, and it's a pretty desperate race otherwise.
Paul Flynn's Budwiser, fifth in a Fairyhouse maiden last month, is probably the pick of the remaining eight runners, with the official good-to-yielding going likely to suit that one.
Elliott and Nina Carberry ought to take the bumper with the twice-placed Spring Lane, though the Co Meath handler's returning Glimmer Star is passed over in favour of Seriatim in the opening Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.
Ian Ferguson's Leighinmohr, unbeaten in a point-to-point and Musselburgh bumper, is another with genuine claims in the two-miler.
However, Seriatim, trained by Roy Wilson in Co Antrim, has the benefit of hurdling experience. When third in a reasonable maiden at Down Royal a month ago, he would have gone very close indeed but for a mistake two-out impeding his momentum.
In the longer equivalent, Undone gets the nod for Paul Nolan and Mick Doran. Robbie Kaydee, Sky Pilot and Dizzy Rascal are all contenders in this, but Nolan's Gigginstown Stud-owned brother to Westmeath is the one with the most potential.