Wednesday 16 January 2019

Fahy hopeful Head Turner will catch the eye in Grade Two spin

Trainer Pat Fahy. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Pat Fahy. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Pat Fahy is hopeful that Head Turner will pick up some valuable black type in the Charleville Mares Novice Chase at Limerick.

The seven-year-old may be the lowest rated of the five runners in the Grade Two contest, but with prize money another incentive as it goes all the way down to those who complete the two-and-three-quarter-mile course, the County Carlow trainer thinks it is definitely a prize worth going for.

"I'd be worried the two-mile-six might be stretching it a bit for her on that ground but we'll just take it as it comes," said Fahy.

Dinaria Des Obeaux is likely to be the hot favourite. The Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old has already won at this level and was third at Naas on her latest start behind Benie Des Dieux, which was on target at Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins saddles Kate Appleby Shoes, which was fourth to Dinaria Des Obeaux at Thurles and fell there on her only start since.

Court Artist will bid to get her season back on track in the Kerry Group Shannon Spray Mares Novice Hurdle.

Mullins's charge bounced back from a disappointing hurdling debut at Down Royal to win successive races at Ballinrobe and Wexford in the autumn.

She ran a fine race to finish a close-up third in a Listed contest at Haydock last Christmas before finishing down the field in a mares' handicap hurdle at last month's Dublin Racing Festival.

Irish Independent

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