Friday 15 December 2017

point-to point

John Paul Brennan's Bandon runner-up Cliff Climber stands out in the opening four-year-old maiden at Kirkistown today.

Tyrella runner-up Streedagh Lady will be hard to beat in the mares maiden for in-form handler Mark McNiff. Witness For Paddy could be value in the winners race, while last week's early faller Simonsberg should make amends in the Open.

At Belclare tomorrow the Best Mate Four-year-old maiden has 17 entries with Profit Margin the likely winner. Clear at the last when falling at Maralin, he should make amends here for Olive McKiernan. Top Twig stands out in the Open.

At Lingstown, Overquest is taken for the opening winners' race and Lord Nellerie looks the one to beat in the banks race. Durrow faller River Call will take the last race if he stays upright.

At Horse & Jockey, 25 contest the opening four-year-old maiden where Robert Widger is represented by Eight Is My Number, which is by Milan out of a Strong Gale mare and should be noted. The Foxs Frolic and Burnt Oil Babe stand out in the Open and last week's runner-up Crude could take the geldings maiden if fully rested.

At Cloyne, James Sheahan's MT Pockets is the pick in the Confined Maiden and Eugene O'Sullivan's Merry In Moscow can take the winners race.

Weekend Selection

Overquest has winners races at Lingstown, Horse & Jockey and Lisgoold on Wednesday and will be very hard to beat as he was second last time to dual Hunters Chase winner Nedzers Return.

Number of the week

11 -- Eleven years ago in 1999 Best Mate won the four-year-old maiden at Belclare before going on to win three Gold Cups.

Horses to follow

Two top-class five-year-olds won at Lemonfield on Sunday. Court Victory and Last Instalment look to have profitable futures.

Weekend fixtures


North Down (F) at Kirkistown 1.30 tomorrow

Cloyne (H) at Cloyne 1.30

Killinick (H) at Lingstown 1.0

North Galway (F) at Belclare 2.0

Premier (H) at Horse & Jockey 1.30

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