Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 March 2018

Not My Idea can rise to the occasion for Flynn

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On a low-key card at Tramore this afternoon, local handler Pat Flynn is taken to land the nap selection with Not My Idea in the opening maiden hurdle.

Third on its jumping debut at Clonmel recently when Sughera, which re-opposes here, finished a head to the good in second, Not My Idea warmed to his task encouragingly on that occasion. In another stride, he would have passed the runner-up, leaving the distinct impression that there will be races to be won with him over jumps.

While the Tony Martin-trained Sughera will no doubt have his supporters here, Flynn's four-year-old has far more scope to progress, given that Sughera has already had six hurdling starts. Marlos Moment, Silver Chief and Black Empress are others with chances, but the Andrew McNamara-ridden Not My Idea is the one to beat.

Barry Geraghty, who does the steering on Sughera, is fancied to land the subsequent handicap hurdle on Custodian. Although James Barrett's lightly raced nine-year-old has clearly had training difficulties, Custodian performed well this summer.

On his most recent outing at Clonmel a month ago, having led entering the straight, he just kept on for second over two-and-a-half miles, so the drop back to two here may be in his favour. A couple of pounds higher for that now, he remains unexposed.

In the beginners' chase over the same trip, Uncle Taffy is interesting for Tony Martin now that Ruby Walsh takes the reins for a first time since completing a hat-trick on the horse over hurdles in June.

Geraghty also has a squeak here on Michael Hourigan's Hans Crescent, but Regal D'Estruval might be the one to keep on side.

Representing Jim Culloty and Tom Doyle, who teamed up successfully at Tipperary on Tuesday, this free-runner already has four starts to his name over fences. Around a circuit that suits his style of racing -- he finished second on his only previous run here -- Regal D'Estruval could prove hard to peg back.

The longer distance beginners' event could go the way of William Codd's Tico. Based in Wexford, Codd has secured the services of champion jockey Paul Townend for Tico, and the partnership might also collect with the consistent Its Ironic earlier on.

Meanwhile, Michael Hourigan's promising conditional jockey Adrian Heskin is on the mend from a serious leg injury and is back riding out this week.

The five-pound claimer -- who won the 2010 Betfred Gold Cup on Church Island -- hasn't ridden since falling from Rakamasi at Killarney on May 17 and has since had reconstruction work done on a cruciate ligament.

Irish Independent

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