Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gold can weather storm to make it third time lucky

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Sizing Gold can go some way towards redeeming Don Cossack's dented reputation by taking the opening maiden hurdle at Navan this afternoon.

Having already lost two scheduled chases, what's left of the rain-sodden Meath track's programme must survive an 8.0 inspection this morning due to an adverse weather forecast.

Should it get the all-clear, Henry de Bromhead's five-year-old is unlikely to have much trouble getting off the mark over flights at the third attempt.

Impressive when toppling the recent runaway bumper winner Defy Logic here in February, Andrew Lynch's mount has been undone by Seefood and Don Cossack in his two hurdling starts.

While the latter's eclipse at the Meath venue last week was a disappointment, he remains a decent horse, so Sizing Gold's profile is still by far the most progressive on offer in this relatively weak affair.

Pat Fahy's Morning Assembly has useful bumper form, but his lack of a recent run or experience over flights could be a slight disadvantage in such testing conditions.

In the novice hurdle that follows, De Bromhead relies on last month's Downpatrick winner Sizing Jo'Burg, but the three others runners might prove superior.

Ted Veale and Touch The Eden are certainly decent sorts that still have plenty to give. However, the manner of Art Of Logistics' triumph at Down Royal nearly two months ago suggested that he would be one to keep on the right side of for now.


Having readily won a Roscommon bumper on his reappearance, Dessie Hughes' four-year-old travelled nicely in the North, obliging far more cosily than the neck margin implies.

Granted, it was a modest enough heat, but, if Bryan Cooper's partner continues to improve, he is a likeable individual that can go close again.

Tony Martin's Robbie McNamara-ridden Quickpick Vic, second to the classy Owen Mc on his Fairyhouse debut, is the day's nap in the bumper, with The Two Jays another of interest under Alan Crowe in division one of the two-mile-six-furlong handicap hurdle.

Fourth in a good race at Gowran Park on its penultimate outing, this step up from two miles should suit Christy Donoghue's bottom-weight.

Irish Independent

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