Carberry's 927/1 four-timer
PAUL CARBERRY carried all before him at Ballinrobe last night with a sizzling 927/1 four-timer.
Noel Meade's Six Stone Ned started ball rolling for the jockey when he put in a more fluent jump than favourite Passage Vendome at the last to capture the opening maiden hurdle.
Number two came courtesy of Adrian Murray's Fairymount Lord (11/4 favourite) which found a burst of speed after the last to edge Our Nana Rose by a head in the Killeen Sports Grounds Handicap Hurdle.
Carberry's easiest winner was John Carr's 10/1 shot Turnonthegas which scooted clear in the first division of the Connacht Spring Show Handicap Hurdle, while the Meath rider completed the four-timer with a typically cheeky display on Meade's enigmatic Corskeagh Royale in the novice chase.
At Dundalk this evening, Eddie Lynam has serious claims of taking the featured conditions race over seven furlongs. The Dunshaughlin-based handler saddles two decent sorts in Slade Power and Muck 'N' Brass, which have both already won at the Co Louth track.
Slade Power looks the stable's No 1 string, though he is tackling this trip for the first time after two wins over a furlong shorter, the last of which came in a Cork handicap.
"He's in good form. We're going to try him over seven furlongs and see how he gets on," said Lynam who feels Muck'N'Brass might not be as good as his stablemate. Mind you, Billy Lee's mount is guaranteed to stay as he won over a mile at this venue back in January.
"We're hoping he'll run a nice race. Just looking at the actual race, it might be a bit strong for him, but hasn't got a handicap mark -- he's got to run in a winners' race."
Ger Lyons, looks to have the main danger to the likely favourite as he saddles Piri Wango, unbeaten in two starts at Dundalk, and while he merits respect, along with Jim Bolger's Janey Muddles, Slade Power looks ready to deliver.
Bolger might enjoy better fortune in the 11-furlong maiden with Statesmanship, which ran a race full of promise when fourth to Olympiad at Gowran.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Dermot Weld's Train Of Thought will probably start favourite, but this one was third to Bolger's Ri An Domhnaigh last time, so the Coolcullen maestro should have a good barometer.
Slim Chance is a sporting nap selection in the mile handicap. A winner of a Down Royal maiden last July, the daughter of Clodovil was thirdover an inadequate six furlongs here last month and should improve for the step up in distance.