Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 21 April 2018

Colgan can advertise his skills in opener for Fleming

Jockey Robbie Colgan. Photo: Sportsfile
Jockey Robbie Colgan. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Robbie Colgan is one of the most under-appreciated jockeys riding over Jumps in Ireland and he can score a rare winner at Clonmel in the opening race this evening.

The Co Meath rider (pictured) teams up with Alan Fleming and Barry Connell on Glan Y Gors, notably not ridden by Connell's retained rider, Denis O'Regan.

A rating of 116 sets a reasonable standard in this and, though he must give a small bit of weight away, his recent half-length second to Fort Montagu, which is quite a decent jumper, is rock-solid form in the context of this.

Storm Rising rates a danger for the local barn of Denis Hogan. The Canford Cliffs gelding was a long way off the winner at Kilbeggan last time but just behind Big Ben, which brings him into the argument.

Paul Power has done quite well since turning his attention to training and in Drakaina he has another likely winner. The filly has been running well in similar handicaps and might go one better now under Conor Maxwell in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle.

Joseph O'Brien is teaming up with Shane Shortall more often of late and Delayed Eloquence will enjoy a relatively short spin to Clonmel for a mares' maiden hurdle that may represent the belated opening of the door. She has done precious little wrong and this looks another feasible opportunity.

The rated novice hurdle sees O'Brien find a good opportunity for Hardback, though it is hard to know what to make of his somewhat surprising win at Sligo. Ten Theatre, a filly which came good at Kilbeggan in what looked a reasonable maiden, gets narrow preference for Jessica Harrington.

The market will be interesting in the Giantsgrave Handicap Hurdle, a bottom-grade contest which is a mixture of dead wood and the odd unexposed if limited runner. Hogan's Meadow Cross is one to keep an eye on in the ring but tentative preference is for the veteran Jack The Hat, which is well-weighed for Madeleine Tylicki relative to what he has achieved as a chaser, though he was pulled up last time.

Course and distance winner War Of The Pennys likes nice ground and staying trips. He shaped with promise at Tramore in mid-August and has a fair chance in the three-mile handicap hurdle, one of the more competitive races of the day. One of War Of The Pennys' rivals is Blixt, notably a three-parts sister to the brilliant Hurricane Fly trained by Willie Mullins. There the comparisons end, though Mullins may take the finale with the newcomer Sois Gentil under son Patrick.

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