Moss to go extra distance for Carberry
MOSS STREET is napped to take the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle for local men Paul Carberry and Gordon Elliott at Fairyhouse this afternoon.
Despite being just a few weeks shy of his 40th birthday, Carberry has been riding as brilliantly as ever since returning from injury in November.
Last week's superlative Kinloch Brae triumph on Texas Jack is the pick of the 12 winners he has ridden in that time, and Moss Street has a serious chance of adding to his tally now.
As a maiden with 13 defeats to his name over flights, the four-year-old hardly jumps off the page as nap material.
However, to date he has done all his racing over two miles and has often simply looked one-paced, as was the case when he kept on well for third behind Plinth and Ivan Grozny at Leopardstown last month.
Following Ivan Grozny's rout at Naas on Saturday, that form takes on an even brighter hue, with Moss Street's first-time handicap mark of 109 perfectly reasonable.
On his first stab at two-and-a-half miles, then, he ought to take some stopping for Carberry with just 10st 11lb on his back against relatively modest opposition.
In the maiden hurdle over the same trip, Paul Nolan's Is Love Alive gets the nod to collect in the Gigginstown House Stud colours under Bryan Cooper.
A one-paced third over two miles at Down Royal on St Stephen's Day, the Presenting five-year-old will also enjoy this longer journey against some more exposed rivals.
Davy Russell will have a big say in the mares' maiden hurdle on John Ryan's Kalico Kalista, while Austin Leahy has two chances of securing his first jumps winner since 2011 with Honey Pound and Pleased As Punch.
The latter JP McManus-owned mare has been improving steadily so should be thereabouts in the two-mile handicap hurdle, with Honey Pound a standout option in the maiden hurdle over the same trip.