Monday 18 December 2017

Nama looks a real banker for Geraghty

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Barry Geraghty has such a potent book of rides at Kilbeggan tonight that it will be a surprise if he doesn't record at least a couple of winners.

The Meath native partners five on the seven-race card. Of the quintet, Archie Boy, St Devote and Presenting Nama are all solid options, with the latter the nap selection.

John Halley's six-year-old takes his chance in the T & V Novice Hurdle, having been done for toe when third to the specialist two-milers Redera and Echo Bob at Wexford 10 days ago. That was a fine effort for a horse that won its maiden over two-and-a-half, and the form has been franked by Redera hosing up again since.

Tonight, Presenting Nama steps up to three miles. Given that he was placed in three point-to-points last term, that's a move that should aid his cause.

Of the four recent winners in the race, Loch Long and Tom Horn have the best form. Loch Long finally got his act together over flights at Ballinrobe last time, so that will have done the former dual Flat winner's confidence no harm.

St Devote tackles an equally competitive novice chase. The unexposed Sorted, which conceded 10lbs to the subsequent winner Model County Lass when scoring over course and distance a month ago, could be a particularly sticky rival here.

However, Eoin Griffin's St Devote competed at a high level over flights, and dug deep to repel the 135-rated hurdler Ainama on his fencing debut at Tipperary. If the six-year-old can reproduce that effort now, it's hard to see him getting beaten.

Geraghty's task on Archie Boy in the Fay Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle looks less straightforward, but the Paul Flynn-trained charge is on an attractive mark compared to his chase rating. A convincing winner over fences at Punchestown, he competes here off 29lbs less than he would do in a handicap chase.

Tom Doyle also has some decent spins this evening. Adrian Maguire's Gift Of The Gods should run well for him at a decent price in the handicap hurdle, while Noble Commander is fancied to build on his close fourth at Limerick in the handicap chase.

In the finale, Sean Flanagan, who joins Welsh handler Evan Williams next week, can get on the score sheet with Our Victoria. Just beaten at Listowel, Colin Bowe's mare will be suited by the return to three miles.

Irish Independent

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