Thursday 23 November 2017

Dream Champion can get the jump on rivals for Martin and Walsh

Damien McElroy

In-form jockey Shay Barry and former junior champion Alain Cawley are facing several weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a fractured pelvis and dislocated shoulder respectively in heavy falls over fences at Killarney on Thursday.

Barry's mount Hairy Molly suffered a fatal tumble at the final obstacle when looking a likely winner of the feature race and both riders were taken to hospital in Tralee. They were discharged yesterday morning, with Barry back in Waterford and being treated at Whitfield private hospital for an injury that comes at a time when he's been enjoying a rich vein of form.

Barry's misfortune coincides with the successful return of multiple champion Ruby Walsh and the Kildare pilot, as well as keen rival Davy Russell, moves on to Ballinrobe tomorrow.

While Russell is the busier of the pair at the Mayo venue, these outstanding exponents may have to settle for a winner apiece. Walsh may be best served by Dream Champion in the John Monroe Haulage Handicap Hurdle, even if Tony Martin's versatile charge has proved expensive to follow and needs to reverse Roscommon placings behind Ahorsecalledmolly with Rekaab.

Stanton Court could reach a place here for Russell and Wicklow trainer Prunella Dobbs, who could combine successfully with smart hurdler Farringdon in the McHale Engineering Beginners Chase.

Bronte Bay sets the standard in this final leg of the Jackpot as Farringdon and local trainer Alan Daly's ex-invalid Serve Time attempt to improve on their useful course runs over the minor obstacles behind Beau Michael.

The EPS Pumps Handicap Hurdle features a rematch between Bronte Bay's stable companion Save My Blushes -- which dominated Monday's Roscommon conditions race -- and Lady Samphire.

As there was no fluke about the victory of front-running Save My Blushes on that occasion, Paul Flynn's progressive charge is taken to confirm those placings as well as outpacing top-weight Gimli's Rock.

And Muredach Kelly's veteran Kahuna can resume winning ways in the Water Towers Chase.

Meanwhile, the modest Flat fixture in Cork tomorrow, due to be staged on a similarly sound surface, has all the appearances of a card from which champion Johnny Murtagh and his great rival Pat Smullen should emerge with another couple of winners apiece.

David Wachman saddles both Murtagh's mount A Mind Of Her Own and Paraphernalia with definite claims in the Gortnagross Maiden, while Ballydoyle newcomer Memphis Tennessee is another likely victor for the Meath pilot in the auction maiden.

The Weld family's home-bred High Chaparral filly Enchanted Evening stands out for Smullen in the Fermoy Race and Peter Casey's Dotada looks the part in the finale.

Irish Independent

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