Tuesday 12 December 2017

Doyle's hot streak to continue on Way Out

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

TOM DOYLE, this year's Galway Hurdle-winning jockey, can continue his excellent recent vein of form when he partners On The Way Out at Clonmel today.

Nine winners through October have seen Doyle double his tally for the season to date and John Kiely's representative in the Wilderness Chase could make it a perfect 10.

A smart hurdler that failed to win despite some good efforts last term, On The Way Out turned in a consummate display of fencing to deny Stonemaster two weeks ago.

That Punchestown run was his very first over the bigger obstacles, so it's fair to assume that the Saddlers' Hall eight-year-old can only improve for the experience. If he does, he should prove too strong for the likes of Bacher Boy, Kakagh, Ordinary Man and Knockfierna in this €10,350 contest.

The latter Charles Byrnes-trained mare is one of the most interesting opponents that the nap selection faces. Twice successful in Graded company when winning four times last season, Davy Russell's mount receives plenty of weight on her fencing bow.

In the preceding www.grahamnorris.com Memorial Handicap Hurdle, Russell is fancied to collect on Blackwell Synergy for Abbeyfeale-based John Supple, whose Burnswood might also take a bit of stopping in an earlier handicap hurdle. Blackwell Synergy burst onto the scene with a maiden hurdle triumph on his first ever racecourse outing at Tipperary back in May, before then disappointing twice.

However, at Listowel last time, he relished the step up to three miles on soft ground, finishing second to Bundle Of Fun, with subsequent winners Gormanstown Cuckoo and Boland's Corner just behind. In similar conditions here, he should go close again.

Burnswood also filled the runner-up berth on his most recent start at Limerick in May. The two-miler that he tackles here is wide open with 18 runners, but he has gone particularly well in soft ground in the past, so that is to his advantage.

Of Joe Holly's mount's rivals, Noras Fancy is respected, given that Jimmy Mangan has opted to turn her out under a penalty after sluicing up at Galway on Sunday.

The two-mile maiden hurdle on the seven-race spread is expected to go the way of Mickelson for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry. If Mississippi River came back to its best, that one would certainly put it up to Mickelson, but the latter receiving eight pounds from John Kiely's runner is also significant.

Irish Independent

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