Jet Setting's trainer to strike with Jet Streaming at Tipp
Adrian Keatley, who memorably smashed the mould last year when winning the Irish 1000 Guineas with Jet Setting, can strike at Tipperary today with Jet Streaming.
Though the naming of the Born To Sea filly may imply a relation, there is none, though her pedigree is quite significant, since her half-sister bred the brilliant Alexandrova. And Jet Streaming's debut third place at Naas on the season's opening day sets her apart here.
This is one of three events for horses yet to win a race. The second, for three-year-olds, could be ripe for a newcomer and Bee Queen fits the bill.
Khalid Abdullah's filly, by Makfi, is trained by Dermot Weld, who produced three-year-old Tocco D'Amore to hack up in a Naas event on debut on Sunday.
The concluding maiden is going to be a volatile betting race, since Clear Skies, an exceptionally well-bred horse not seen since her juvenile days in 2014 when with David Wachman, has two pieces of headgear on now on her first start for Ballydoyle.
Fozzy Stack has begun his own maiden season brightly and, with conditions testing at Tipp, Onenightidreamed has every chance in the first of the handicaps. He may not have anything in hand of the handicapper but he can prove too strong at the wire for these foes.
Not A Whisper is another Smullen-ridden horse of interest in the first division of the handicap over seven and a half furlongs. Things went a bit awry for the Kodiac filly at Leopardstown when she was an unlucky sixth, notably strong in the wagering.
Not A Whisper, trained in Meath by Aidan Howard, began life in bumpers. A jumps horse also housed in the Royal County, Mydor, may take the apprentices' contest under excellent Donegal-born rider Oisin Orr, of whom trainer Tony Martin is a big fan.
Tessonna is put forward in the other contest, which is trappy, for Stack. Rider Killian Hennessy is beginning to make an excellent impression.
Trainer Andy Slattery marked the 20-year anniversary of his first winner by saddling Dimple to victory at Tramore yesterday.
Jockey Liam Quinlan wasn’t even born when Slattery broke his training duck back in 1997 but the 17-year-old was on board just his second career winner which came home comfortably by just over four lengths.
“He’s confident and could go out riding in the Champion Hurdle and wouldn’t care,” said the delighted trainer about the teenager.
Earlier, Icelip was the surprise winner of the feature as the 14/1 shot claimed victory for trainer David O’Brien and jockey Sean Flanagan.
It was the third victory at the Waterford venue from nine starts as he squeezed past Tintown Robin at the finish to win by half a length.
“He probably hit the front a bit soon,” said O’Brien. “But Sean gave him a great ride.”
Well-backed 7/4 favourite Balinaboola unfortunately suffered a fatal injury at the first.