Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 December 2017

Grant well placed to deliver double aboard Ballybrit conquerors

Damien McElroy

The concluding half of the popular August festival in Tramore gives separate innings to both codes, with the Flat racers in action this evening before the jumpers take centre stage tomorrow.

Local hero Danny Grant faces a particularly busy schedule today at the hilltop circuit and the Waterford pilot will be hopeful of doubling up at least, when his successful Galway partners Prince Chaparral and Isabellareine resume under their penalties.

Prince Chaparral boosted trainer Pat Flynn's excellent strike-rate when accounting for a dozen rivals at Ballybrit and the same mile-and-a-half trip awaits Grant's mount under top weight in the Madra Dog Foods Handicap, in which Salazaar may prove their main threat.

Earlier in the session the older Isabellareine, which similarly finished well in Galway to overtake Total Excitement and do this column a real favour, could follow up as well in the Handicap for her Northern Ireland handler Mervyn Torrens.

This versatile seven-year-old, which previously obliged over obstacles in Kilbeggan, seems ideally suited to a lively surface but, will need to be at her best again to cope with more recent Leopardstown scorer My Blue Heaven and Grangeclare Gold.

Fran Berry, likewise, has outstanding prospects of sharing the riding honours with O'Bella Ballerina, twice runner-up from limited opportunities, holding a favourite's chance in the fillies-only affair, as well as joint top-weight Decoy Daddy for the concluding older maiden, which he took aboard Silverhand a year ago.

Eoin Doyle's multiple winner The Fonze will be a popular choice to benefit in the hands of regular partner Shay Barry in the Jackpot finale before stable companion Without The Bop quickly returns tomorrow under a mandatory 4lb penalty in the Noel Cummins Bookmaker Handicap Chase.

In-form Barry and the Doyle yard enjoyed a runaway Beginners Chase success over the course and distance on Thursday, as Without The Bop made short work of the opposition, and they could have too many guns for older dual Clonmel victor Oola Lad.


In the absence of Galway Plate casualty Bobs Pride, Chicago Grey, which denied Prince Erik in a rousing finish to a novice contest at Ballybrit, stands out for the flourishing Gordon Elliott-Paul Carberry alliance over the same trip in the O'Shea's Hotel Chase.

Symphonica, a rare beaten favourite at Perth for Elliott and Carberry last month, seeks compensation in the Amusement Park Mares Handicap Hurdle while in receipt of a stone from last Sunday's impressive Downpatrick heroine Benefit Of Porter, which, however, is marginally preferred.

Front-running tactics over jumps often pay a dividend at Tramore and this scenario suggests that Tommy Treacy's free-going constant partner Bachelor Affair could have the edge over Rookery Rebel and the rest of their Supporters Club Beginners Chase rivals in this Jackpot finale.

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