Friday 24 November 2017

Flynn guns for double success

Damien McElroy

Waterford trainer Pat Flynn, who landed the Guinness Hurdle at Galway last year with Bahrain Storm, must be hoping for another decent dividend in the west this evening from what appears a strong team for the Flat meeting at Ballinrobe.

Followers of the Flynn stable, whose runners usually prefer decent ground, will be hoping the going doesn't deteriorate markedly overnight as Connyella and the promising maiden Yes Missus tackle the first half of the Jackpot.

Joseph O'Brien's claim and strength in the saddle are plus factors once more for the connections of Connyella in the Martin Tyrrell Auctioneers Handicap after he guided the six-year-old to success at Limerick in a similar event.

Locally based Diyla, seasoned campaigner Lynott and the versatile Beau Michael won't be easily dismissed, however, as Connyella steps up in trip before Yes Missus competes in the Niall Gilmartin Memorial Maiden.

Partnered by stable jockey Danny Grant, this Alamshar filly likewise tackles a longer distance than the recent Gowran Park affair in which she chased home Jim Bolger's surprise victor Saoi. Granted further improvement on just her third outing, Flynn's charge has the potential to deal with Dermot Weld's once-raced Confidence and Bolger's debutante Sanan Dancer.

Grant, aboard Jeangeorges in the concluding Mayo Advertiser Handicap, may be in pole position to strike even if Philosophers Guest is proven here for the Michael Grassick yard that often hits the target at the Mayo track.

The nap selection goes to the Bolger-trained Sadler's Wells filly Myrine, whose creditable fifth to Sublime Talent on her initial outing at Limerick in mid April suggests she should reign supreme in the opening Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden.

Back in the winning groove at Killarney last week in the hands of Sean Levey, Sharon Dunphy's Lus Na Hoiche can defy her 5lb penalty and repeat last year's victory in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

Irish Independent

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