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Maye hoping to make hay in Dubai with veteran Geological


Trainer Mouse Morris. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Trainer Mouse Morris. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile


Trainer Mouse Morris. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Vanessa Maye has another chance to strike a significant blow with the biggest opportunity of her fledgling career when she partners the veteran Geological in a lucrative handicap (6.0) at Meydan this evening.

Geological provided the apprentice jockey with the first victory of her riding career on his 100th start when obliging at Dundalk in October and she has been aboard the son of Rock Of Gibraltar on his last seven starts.

The Maynooth pilot could scarcely believe her luck when Dublin trainer Damian English maintained her partnership with the eight-year-old after accepting the invite for the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

The pair were out of luck on their Dubai debut last month but were far from disgraced when eighth in a similar affair and have a live chance in today's €120,000 turf handicap over 7f on a huge day for the teenager.

Closer to home, Thurles hosts a decent jumps card today where an intriguing five-runner Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle (2.45) tops the bill.

French Dynamite, trained by Mouse Morris (left), drops down significantly in class having been no match for Envoi Allen at Naas last month, while Joseph O'Brien's Anything Will Do and Gordon Elliott's The Bosses Oscar are also interesting contenders.

Preference is for the Elliott charge and after landing a Leopardstown maiden hurdle in good style over Christmas, Davy Russell can score on the progressive five-year-old.

Meanwhile, Paul Nolan is dreaming of the big time with recent Grade One winner Latest Exhibition. The Wexford trainer is "99 per cent sure" the seven-year-old will run in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (8/1) at next month's Cheltenham Festival having recorded his third hurdles win at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Irish Independent