Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Brien filly Longing for victory at Tipperary

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Longing should take the fillies' maiden for Aidan O'Brien at his local Tipperary track this afternoon.

The daughter of Galileo has been off for 175 days since third, beaten under a length, in quite a smart Leopardstown maiden. The ground was on the easy side then and Longing is preferred to Rickrack and Hope Lake, from which there should be more to come.

Another notable maiden is Harbour Approach, which looks lively in the third race for Dermot Weld, but O'Brien's Saracen Knight is preferred. The Camelot colt ran a very pleasing race at the Curragh.

In the opener, Hushing looks to have found a grand opening for Willie McCreery and copes with easy ground, while Free To Roam has claims in the sprint handicap for Ado McGuinness.

Perhaps he can double up in the form of Piper Bomb in the nursery, John Murphy's Compass Hill could have too much class for his foes in the fifth race and another top weight - Admirality - makes plenty of appeal in the finale for the in-form John Murtagh.

Jer's Girl made a winning return to action at Roscommon yesterday when landing the middle-distance maiden under Seamus Heffernan in the manner of a class act.

"This was a nice place to start as she was still a maiden (on the Flat) and she showed her class," said winning trainer Gavin Cromwell.

"There is such a bunch of good mares at the minute it's going to be so tough this year and I'd say the Lismullen Hurdle (Navan in November) is an obvious option but after that I'm not sure. I'll have to talk to (owner JP McManus)."

Irish Independent

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