Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hughes double-handed in bid to retain Bobbyjo crown

Trainer Dessie Hughes. Photo: Pat Murphy / Sportsfile
Trainer Dessie Hughes. Photo: Pat Murphy / Sportsfile

Vic Venturi will attempt to retain his crown in the Grade Two Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse today. Dessie Hughes' charge has failed to figure in three starts since last year's win, so the Curragh handler may have stronger claims with Siegemaster, which comes here on the back of a good win over the reopposing The Midnight Club at Gowran.

The Grade Two Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle should provide an exciting start to proceedings. Accidental Outlaw ran a creditable third in a similar contest at Leopardstown last time, but Fearless Falcon brings top-level form to the table having finished third behind Unaccompanied in a Grade One last time out.

Though still maidens, Chaperoned and Little Green are likely to give a good account in what looks likely to be an informative heat.

Arabella Boy bids to end a frustrating run of second-placed finishes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase. He won't have it all his own way again here, as Ballymak chased home Ad Idem at Navan and saw the form given a boost when the winner went close in Grade Two company recently.

There are plenty of previous winners in the ITBA Fillies Scheme Novice Hurdle with Definite Class, Stephanie Kate and Wood Lily all boasting successes over timber, but the one to be on could be Killtilane Rose, which went close at Punchestown last time.

Marlay Park and Good Time Donie both bid to follow up recent victories in the Read Barry Geraghty's Blog On Handicap Hurdle, while the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase looks an open affair, with impressive Clonmel winner Salsify up against Willie Mullins' Thurles second Boxer Georg.

Irish Independent

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