Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 March 2018

Henry's family affair

Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Patrick McCann
Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Patrick McCann

Michael Verney

Fresh from a successful English raid at Kempton on Tuesday night for owner Ronan O'Gara, trainer Joseph O'Brien looks to have found a nice opportunity for UNCLE HENRY to score in the opener (5.0) of tonight's eight-race card at Dundalk when he teams up with his younger brother Donnacha.

The four-year-old made his racecourse debut at the same track last month when showing promise to finish third while the same combination is also represented by ZAOFU, who stayed on well to score over course and distance earlier this month and has big claims in the night's fourth race (6.30).

The subsequent 1m handicap (7.0) offers a great opportunity for LEATH NA HOIBRE, who defied almost 18 months off the track to take third on the Polytrack six weeks ago.

The 'bounce-factor' is a worry but he should come on for the run.

Kildare trainer Liam Roche and apprentice jockey Sean Corby should be in the shake-up with the five-year-old gelding, who won a two-year-old handicap at the Curragh two-and-a-half years ago off a mark of 80 (and was as high as 86) but races off just 61 tonight.

Dundalk has been a happy hunting ground for INVINCIBLE RYKER with three of his four starts at the Louth track resulting in victory and he is fancied for Pat Smullen and Mick Halford in the 7f handicap (7.30).

Irish Independent

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