Tuesday 25 June 2019

Dinons can continue rise up chasing's ranks for Elliott and Russell

Gordon Elliott's Dinons can justify favouritism in the hands of Davy Russell to land today’s featured novice chase at Wexford. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Gordon Elliott's Dinons can justify favouritism in the hands of Davy Russell to land today’s featured novice chase at Wexford. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Gordon Elliott's Dinons can justify favouritism in the hands of Davy Russell to land today's featured novice chase at Wexford.

Masterfully placed by the trainer, Dinons is a six-time winner and his most recent of those was a very pleasing effort on his chasing debut at Killarney where the six-year-old looked an absolute natural for the larger obstacles.

While the recent rain wouldn't be ideal for Dinons, his class should shine through in the Barrow Novice Chase for which he is likely to be a short-priced market leader.

Dinons is taking on a 136-rated runner in Or Jaune De Somoza but the selection did run to beyond the 140 mark over hurdles and he may be better than that again over fences.

In the following Hook Head Handicap Chase, Dundrum Lad is taken to defy top weight for Mags and Danny Mullins.

The JP McManus-owned gelding was second to Peacocks Secret last time out and if coming on for that first outing in a few months, the nine-year-old should be able to score at the main expense of Jim Dreaper's Sizing Solution.

Robbie Power won't be in the Wexford weigh-room as the veteran rider is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a back injury in a fall at Ballinrobe last week.

Impeded

The Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National-winning rider was partnering the Joseph O'Brien-trained Anywayyoulookatit in a handicap hurdle at the Co Mayo venue last Tuesday when his mount was impeded at the first flight.

Power was unseated and having not ridden since, he has now received confirmation of his injuries from his doctor.

Power posted on Twitter: "Just been to see my orthopaedic specialist and unfortunately will be out of action for 4-5 weeks with a fractured T7 vertebrae from fall in Ballinrobe."

Meanwhile, fresh from his treble at Gowran Park on Monday. Willie McCreery reports that his promising juvenile Ickworth is in prime condition for a tilt at Royal Ascot's Queen Mary Stakes.

The daughter of Shamardal, owned by Godolphin, has earned the right to go for the Group Two contest on June 19 after winning both her starts.

After making a successful debut at Dundalk at the end of March, Ickworth took on the colts in the Listed First Flier Stakes at the Curragh and ran out a convincing winner from the Aidan O'Brien-trained King Neptune.

"She'll be entered in Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary," said McCreery.

"She's in great form and she's just getting ready for that meeting at the moment."

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