Saturday 20 January 2018

Condon can bounce back with some double delight

Damien McElroy

The bonus for jumping fans today of free admission to Fairyhouse could attract a decent attendance to the Meath venue, provided it passes another 7.30 inspection.

With the track hosting no less than five meeting this month, fresh ground will be available on the hurdle track today, when young Davy Condon, who resumed there yesterday after Sunday's fall from Zaarito at Leopardstown, could take the riding honours.

The pick of the Cork-born pilot's mounts are probably Oliver McKiernan's Whatuthink and Michael Cunningham's Sharekan.

Whatuthink takes a drop in class now in the P2P Weekly Novice Chase after being campaigned behind the Condon-partnered Pandorama in successive Grade One contests. Before those races, McKiernan's good money-spinner had won with plenty in hand over the larger obstacles at Thurles and the step-up in trip here should not prove beyond him.

Clonmel victor Apt Approach and another fluent Thurles winner Jagoes Mills won't be pushovers, however. Apt Approach's partner, Ruby Walsh, guided Martin Lynch's subsequent Paddy Power Handicap Chase hero Oscar Time to success in this race a year ago but he may have to settle for a share of the place money this time.

The champion is also aboard Colin McBratney's progressive Carsonstown Boy, on which he won last August on good ground at Ffos Las over today's three miles.

This partnership could be vulnerable, though, on the much more testing surface facing them this afternoon and preference is for Sharekan, despite Cunningham's seven-year-old having been penalised 12lb for his latest win.

Another local trainer, Tony Martin, likewise has Saddlers Storm bidding to overcome a similar rise in the ratings for an even more emphatic success at this venue the afternoon Sharekan sprang a surprise. Saddlers Storm will again have Walsh's services for the Irish Racing Post Handicap Chase and they could have the edge over Droim Toll.

Irish Independent

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