Tuesday 20 March 2018

Napa Starr can take honours for Byrnes

Damien McElroy

There's something to suit everyone's taste as Listowel welcomes patrons back to the island course this weekend for a twin session evenly divided between the National Hunt brigade today and the flat racers tomorrow afternoon.

Resigned to campaigning next season without Weapon's Amnesty after their dual Cheltenham winner suffered a setback, Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell can take the honours this afternoon with Napa Starr, back in the winning groove on the flat, and Campbonnais, which opened his jumping account cleverly under Russell at Clonmel last week.

Woodfield Syndicate's Napa Starr has been a decent money-spinner on the level and Russell may manage to harness his mount's tactical pace sufficiently to cope with the opposition in the opening Croom House Stud Maiden Hurdle, and French-bred Campbonnais is preferred to the year-older Maid Of Malabar as they clash in the St John's Literary Centre Handicap Hurdle.

Colin Bowe, who has starred with his runners in point-to-points and bumpers, can strike again as undefeated Askanna, which augmented twin successes "pointing" on her bumper debut at Kilbeggan, is launched over the minor obstacles in the Bryan MacMahon Maiden Hurdle.

JP McManus has a decent chance of taking the prizes in the last three races with New Rules, Money Belt and Outlaw Pete from different eminently successful stables and the Limerick enthusiast will be hopeful of Sligo hurdles victor Dafarabad collecting tomorrow in the Listowel Racecourse Handicap.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning may be the partnership to follow during this meeting, with the mile of the opening juvenile maiden likely to suit the Whipper colt Roches Cross better than well-exposed The Reaper. And Chevalier's son Spelterini, which was narrowly denied at Killarney by Shareen, might have more scope for improvement than Dermot Weld's Lake Worth.

Irish Independent

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