Tuesday 17 September 2019

Moon Over Germany can make most of ideal conditions

'Mark Johnston is considering the possibility of Elarqam being supplemented for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.' (stock photo)
'Mark Johnston is considering the possibility of Elarqam being supplemented for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.' (stock photo)

Thomas Kelly

Henry de Bromhead has been forced to withdraw Moon Over Germany (7.10, Ballinrobe) from a couple of engagements this summer, due to the drying ground, but the conditions at Ballinrobe this evening should be ideal for the eight-year-old.

With plenty of rain forecast prior to racing, De Bromhead will be hopeful of finally getting a run into Moon Over Germany but of all the races he has attempted to run recently, the feature event today looks the hottest.

The Waterford trainer includes Ordinary World in the mix while the highly-rated The West's Awake and Listen Dear make this an interesting little contest, but Moon Over Germany is a classy type who can set himself up for some nice winter targets by returning to the winner's enclosure here.

Lady in Lavender (5.40, Ballinrobe) will have just her second start for Denis Hogan in the KPMG Handicap Hurdle and with the trainer doing the steering himself, the five-year-old might well open her account for new connections today.

The Tipperary handler will later leg up Paul Cawley to take off 7lb from Generator City (7.40, Ballinrobe) in the penultimate beginners chase.

Paul Townend takes over on Herbiegoesbananas (6.40, Ballinrobe) as the nine-year-old steps up in trip for a second start under the guidance of champion trainer Willie Mullins. Mullins can then land the bumper with newcomer Suvretta (8.10, Ballinrobe).

Mark Johnston is considering the possibility of Elarqam being supplemented for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

After producing a career-best performance to land the York Stakes on his penultimate start, the son of Frankel finished a close-up third behind Japan and Crystal Ocean in last week's Juddmonte International.

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