Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 February 2018

Point - to point

There is no shortage of quality action this weekend, with three of tomorrow's entries across the three meetings having run in this year's Aintree Grand National. Backstage and King Johns Castle are entered at Roscommon, while Conna Castle holds entries at Dromahane and Milltown.

This by no means makes them favourites, however, as Snowy Morning, which finished sixth in the 2010 showpiece, was also sixth in last Saturday's Open at Loughanmore. Top Twig will still be the one to beat at Roscommon even if the National graduates run.

Gleann Na Ndochais should take the opener; Brook Native can land the confined event and Third Wish looks the one to beat in the mares' maiden winner for novice riders.

At Milltown, Fair Of Cappamore can take the opener following a promising debut at Rathcannon. Monart Lantern is tipped for the mares' winners race on her seasonal reappearance. Gaspar, which won the Open last year, can get back to winning ways here.

At Dromahane, Crash looks good for the opener. Fernhurst Lad was only just touched off in an Inch maiden and can take the five-year-old maiden.

Shakas Rock is selected to win the Confined Race, but the Ladies Open looks too tough to call. Robyns Pride is the nap in the concluding mares maiden.

Number of the week

77 Number of Irish point-to-point graduates which won on the track in October, including Golden Kite, Jessies Dream and Our Victoria.

Horse to follow

Carrigeen Lechuga looks a high-class mare following her success in the mares' maiden at Lingstown last Sunday for the Lalor team.

Weekend selection

Fair of Cappamore finished a close up third at Rathcannon and the half brother to Finger Onthe Pulse can score this time for Philip Fenton in the opener at Milltown tomorrow.

Weekend Fixtures


Duhallow at Dromahane 12:0 Roscommon at Rockfield 12:0 Kilkenny at Milltown 12:0

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