Monday 11 December 2017

Local hero Flynn should enjoy Memorable evening at Tramore

Pat Flynn
Pat Flynn
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Local legend Pat Flynn could take the penultimate leg of Tramore's August festival by storm with Memorable and Hangar Five.

Carrick-on-Suir-based Flynn enjoyed a famous Supreme Novices' Hurdle win with John Magnier's French Ballerina in 1998. The Coolmore supremo's Memorable wouldn't be in the same league as the runaway Cheltenham heroine, but she won't need to be to justify nap billing in today's Ashtown House Stud Fillies' Maiden.

The 12-furlong contest is a weak affair comprising just six runners, each of which has shown a similarly modest level of ability so far.

What might set Memorable apart is that the pick of her three outings came when defying her inexperience to be third to Rayna on her course-and-distance debut in May.

Rayna has recently completed a stunning four-timer off a mark of 82 at Sligo, while Memorable hasn't quite cut it in two starts over shorter. Over a mile at Wexford last time, she actually ran an honest race to be a one-paced fourth, with Saldanha Bay, which lines out again here, third.

Clearly, Memorable is going to have to step up on that under Seamie Heffernan now, but the suspicion is that she has slightly more scope for improvement back over this trip.

Flynn teams up with the outgoing champion apprentice Connor King for Hangar Five in the long-distance handicap. While a case could be made for an array of the 13 runners in this, Hangar Five has been running consistently well, finishing first, second and third in three of his last four starts.

He has left the impression that he can win again, and King's three-pound claim could prove invaluable. The Kilbrin, north Co Cork native is also trusted to take the opening maiden on John Murphy's Bold Faith, a tentative pick in a desperate race.

Cumbrian handler Dianne Sayer brings the former Eoin Doyle-trained Bell Weir back for a crack at the €10,500 two-mile finale. However, Willie Mullins gets the nod to foil her foreign excursion with Wood Breizh. Billy Lee's mount didn't get the clearest run when beaten five lengths by Hidden Universe on its Flat bow for Mullins at Galway, so he has obvious claims now.

Irish Independent

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