Sunday 22 April 2018

'Doc' to prescribe Tipperary triumph for Orr and Lynam

Trainer Eddie Lynam Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Eddie Lynam Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Eddie Lynam has made a typically solid start to the Flat campaign and he is trusted to deliver the nap on this evening's mixed spread at Tipperary with Doc Sportello.

The excellent Co Meath-based handler has established a reputation for himself as someone who excels with sprinters in particular.

Such a one-dimensional summary doesn't do him full justice, but he does little to dispel the notion at the Limerick Junction venue tonight, all three of his runners on the card participating in the same five-furlong maiden.

Of the trio, Doc Sportello appeals as the stable's best hope under seven-pound claimer Oisin Orr.

A late starter, the Majestic Missile four-year-old only made its debut at the Curragh in March, when he was slow into stride before eventually getting the hang of things to finish well in fifth.

Stenographer, which won, has since been chinned in Listed company, and the second and fourth, Paddy Power and The Moore Factor, have gone on to win.

In defeat, then, Doc Sportello performed admirably, although the drop back to five here is an obvious concern. Nonetheless, Lynam knows better than most what is required to sharpen one up and he will have him well drilled.

If Doc Sportello makes average improvement, he ought to take a bit of stopping. Bridgebrook, placed at Limerick last time, might be the danger, but his form hasn't stacked up as impressively as the selection's.

A quartet of runners represent Aidan O'Brien at his local venue, although the likelihood is that the somewhat aptly-named Ambiguity is under the supervision of his son Joseph on Carriganog Hill in Owning.

Ambiguity, owned and bred by the O'Brien family, is a Fastnet Rock full-brother to Cougar Mountain and is due to be ridden by the former champion jockey's younger brother, Donnacha. Stablemate Istan sports the Coolmore silks. A €150,000 son of Excelebration, Seamie Heffernan's mount could be anything, but a chance is taken on Ambiguity, as his pedigree looks slightly more precocious. Adrian Keatley's The McGregornator, which knuckled down to score at the Curragh, is clearly capable, but it might not be easy conceding weight in this.

Later on, Heffernan is expected to collect aboard Kellstorm, which is joined by Three Star General in the 12-furlong maiden. Again, both have chances, but Kellstorm seemed to be progressing quite well when third to US Ranger on his Curragh return.

He steps up in trip now, and that should be to his advantage.

John Kiely and Pat Smullen get the nod to take the €24,000 handicap over the same trip with Ancient Sands, while Call It Magic should be the one to beat in the three-mile maiden hurdle.

Ross O'Sullivan's six-year-old has been a little frustrating, making the frame for a third time in a row when sent off odds-on at Naas early in March. However, he has run into a few useful rivals, the potentially smart A Genie In Abottle thwarting him at Naas.

Chances are today's 15-runner event is a step down on what Call It Magic has previously encountered, so he can add to his facile point-to-point and bumper wins for Andrew Lynch now.

In the shorter version, Liam Burke's Conn Job looks the pick of a middling bunch. Mark Walsh's mount showed better form than he had previously done in the autumn, and a bit of nice ground here should suit.

Irish Independent

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