Monday 23 April 2018

Daring Article can make light of heavy going in Cork

Philip Enright is fancied to score on Daring Article in Cork this aft
Philip Enright is fancied to score on Daring Article in Cork this aft
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

An ability to handle heavy ground will be paramount on this afternoon's rescheduled card at Cork, where a further 13ml of rain fell on Monday after the track was found to be unfit for racing the previous afternoon due to water-logging.

Daring Article, a point-to-point winner in soft ground at Tallow in February, is fancied as one that should cope with the testing conditions in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle.

Successful in a bumper at Tipperary on his seasonal bow in October, the Robert Tyner-trained five-year-old subsequently came clear of the remainder when runner-up to Jetson in a maiden hurdle over this course and distance.


If Daring Article improves for that, he can go one better for Philip Enright now. Of his rivals, Willie Mullins' Graham Wylie-owned Felix Yonger demands most respect.

Second in a Leopardstown bumper for Mullins' brother Tony last term, before winning on his debut for Howard Johnson at Musselburgh, that one ultimately failed to raise a gallop in the champion bumper at Cheltenham. Still, he is a useful prospect and has Ruby Walsh on board.

Walsh should get on the scoresheet when he steers Psycho for Tony Martin in a two-mile conditions hurdle that features the return of Mullins' Hennessy Gold Cup hero Kempes.

With the trip likely to be on the short side for Kempes, this is a fine opportunity for Psycho, after he ran well to be second to Tranquil Sea at Clonmel.

Earlier, Davy Russell can make his first ride since being appointed Horse Racing Ireland's new jumps racing ambassador a winning one at his local track.

The Youghal native partners Ballysteen for Michael Hourigan in the opening maiden, with Willie Mullins again providing the prime danger in Clonmel bumper scorer Local Celebrity.

Ballysteen, however, is expected to meet the challenge. A point-to-point winner a year ago, he won a bumper in good style on his reappearance here last month.

Hourigan might double up with Hans Crescent in the final handicap chase. Eight pounds higher than when successful at Thurles recently, that one's task is eased by the Limerick handler's use of his excellent five-pound claimer Adrian Heskin.

Irish Independent

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