Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jamesie can end Marnane frustration

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Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

David Marnane's Jamesie is napped to leave behind its tag as a frustrating sort by denying some higher-profile rivals in tomorrow's Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse.

A six-furlong contest that in 2012 saw the July Cup-bound Slade Power beat fellow subsequent Group One hero Gordon Lord Byron, this Listed affair boasts a couple of higher-rated rivals to Jamesie in the shape of Darwin and Russian Soul.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Darwin would be likely to pose the selection's main threat if it were to return to form now that it drops in class after being well held behind Slade Power in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, he has ultimately been disappointing since his arrival from America, and Fergal Lynch's mount has a serious chance of exploiting the five pounds that he receives from him here over a distance that suits him.

Of the remainder, Dermot Weld's three-year-old Sailors Swan has the potential to get in the shake-up after chasing home the Jubilee runner-up Due Diligence at Naas last time out.

Another that could take plenty beating over a more suitable trip is John Oxx's Primogeniture in the concluding 12-furlong handicap.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien ought to take the opening juvenile maiden with the smart two-time runner-up Cape Clear Island, with fellow Coolmore-owned Tap Dancing fancied for the David Wachman-Wayne Lordan axis in the older fillies' 10-furlong version.

Over jumps at Sligo, Lough Roe Lady is worth a look in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle.

This is a competitive €10,500 affair, with four of the 10 runners coming here on the back of a win.

The Philip Byrne-trained Lough Roe Lady hasn't scored over flights for two years, although she did win over fences at Clonmel in April and she was then placed over them off a mark of 107.

She gets in here off the same rating, which is the lowest figure she has raced off over hurdles since obliging off 106 at Thurles in 2012.

In short, the handicapper has given her a chance, so she is expected to take it under the peerless former dual champion jockey Davy Russell.

Irish Independent

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