Thursday 18 January 2018

Island can Master all challengers for Burke


Richard Pugh

The United meeting, once held at Lisgoold and more recently Leadington, was a notable absence from the fixtures last season but this committee return with a new course tomorrow at Templenacarriga. By kind permission of Walter and Nora Cotter this course looks a cracking addition to the southern circuit.

Liam Burke has a real chance in the opener with Island Master, which was second last time and could be ready to step up here. Johnny Hurley's Sunchyme has been third twice including at Dromahane last time so he could take the six-year-old maiden, while the twice runner-up Clontead Cross would be a popular selection in the winners' race.

Michael Hourigan's Pay Your Hunt Sub has been off for a long time but returns in the older maiden and his progress will be interesting.

At Tinahely, William Ross' Scarlet Feather looks the pick having been second to a useful sort last time at Tattersalls. Colin McKeever has a strong hand in the five-year-old maiden and either Brownville or Blaklion could win here.

Jim Dreaper saddles Venitien De Mai in the winners' race. A four-year-old maiden winner at Rockfield, Alan Potts' gelding lacks experience but could have the class to prevail.

Number of the week

2 Young amateur Richie Deegan scored a double at Dromahane last Sunday with both winners being trained by Carlow based Aidan Fitzgerald. Deegan is sure to be sought after as the season gets busier.

Horse to follow

Robert Tyner has his team in top form at present and introduced a decent looking four-year-old at Dromahane called Mount Brandon by Mountain High. He looks a tough sort with a bright future.

Weekend selection

Dinnies Vinnie looks the one in the six-year-old geldings' maiden at Tinahely for Philip Dempsey. A half-brother to Dunguib, he ran well last time at Tattersalls and was unlucky before that at Ballingarry.

Weekend fixtures

Tomorrow (12.30)

United at Templenacarriga

Shillelagh & District at Tinahely

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