Holden primed to take right 'Direction' in Kilbeggan feature
Ellmarie Holden has made a nice impression in the early days of her training career and she can team up with Shane Shortall to snare the feature handicap hurdle at Kilbeggan with My Direction.
The Co Kilkenny trainer may have a quite well-treated runner in the Singspiel gelding. Placed at the Curragh this summer off 86, he went close at Tramore back jumping last time, and can build on that in this €20,000 affair.
This is a competitive card and Net D'Ecosse will be popular in the handicap chase. Ger Fox steers for Noel Meade and this one's close third in the Galway Blazers off just 2lb lower gives him solid claims, as does his previous course-and-trip third.
JP McManus is well-represented on the card and Coeur Joyeux, which has essentially been frustrating, might be worth chancing on the back of a pipe-opener here in a recent maiden. Philip Dempsey may be able to entice some improvement out of this one.
The auction maiden is the most lucrative contest at Down Royal and Jim Bolger seems to have found a nice opening here for Vocal Music, which has cheekpieces for the first time.
The West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Ulster Cesarewitch Handicap tends to be a cracking handicap but rarely as murky as the 2017 renewal when it comes to a bet. In the Jackie Bolger colours, Dessie McDonogh's Theophilus, very well-treated on his November Handicap run from last October, is put forward. That said, his draw will make life tricky for Kevin Manning.
The nap ally is Jan Steen for Curragh handler John Levins in the Weatherbys Handicap.
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