Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 24 February 2018

Duke the 'Voice' of reason at Listowel

Conditions are especially testing at Listowel but should not be any issue for Warm The Voice. (stock image)
Conditions are especially testing at Listowel but should not be any issue for Warm The Voice. (stock image)

Johnny Ward

Brendan Duke, whose training career looked in tatters when he left Britain some years ago, owes Jim Bolger a huge debt of gratitude due to his patronage and the colourful Curragh trainer can take Listowel's day-two feature in the colours of Bolger's wife Jackie.

Warm The Voice's good looks were extolled by Duke after the colt won a decent nursery at the Curragh in late August and the €50,000 EBF Premier Nursery over a demanding mile for juveniles looks an ideal next step for the Vocalised colt.

Conditions are especially testing at Listowel but should not be any issue for Warm The Voice, which got through similarly tough terrain in winning a Galway maiden readily at the Festival. He might be slightly better handicapped than Quizical, which was second to Spiorad Sairse at Galway but must now give that one 4lb.

Conditions are especially testing at Listowel but should not be any issue for Warm The Voice, which got through similarly tough terrain in winning a Galway maiden readily at the Festival.

He might be slightly better handicapped than Quizical, which was second to Spiorad Sairse at Galway but must now give that one 4lb.

Eire Rock may take the opening race for Fozzy Stack; being out of a Rock Of Gibraltar mare, the Most Improved colt may get through the heavy ground.

Count Of Carabass has won off 8lb higher, copes with the ground, ran a big race last time and is a course-and-distance winner so his claims for Hillary McLoughlin in the Feale Handicap look stronger than what his poor win-rate would suggest.

Famous Pearl can keep up John Oxx's good run in the fillies' maiden, while the jumping action starting with a competitive maiden hurdle for mares in which Gordon Elliott's Osco Moscow gets the nod. British runners in handicap hurdles over here are rare but Newstart is noted in the penultimate race. This is not a strong contest and the horse's Galway second renders him a major player for Brian Ellison.

The concluding auction maiden hurdle is a really modest contest given the purse and a nice opportunity for Chateauneuf Du Pap, which was touched off in what seemed a better contest the last time.

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