Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 February 2018


Richard Pugh

THERE are just three weekends remaining but they are all long weekends from a racing perspective.

Necarne raced last night, meaning this weekend is essentially a three-day affair. Fairyhouse hold a point-to-point on their infield next Thursday and Friday, which makes for four days of consecutive racing and then comes the June Bank Holiday weekend with Kinsale and Ballingarry racing over three days.

All in all, there are nine racing days left and 11 meetings to be run from today.

At Necarne this afternoon, David Christie can take the Confined race with Subaroo Blue for Rodney Watson.

Brian Hamilton has a strong chance in the six-year-old maiden with Big Kern, and Uppertown Society could be hard to beat in the mares' winners' race.

Bartlemy has attracted a strong entry with Andy Slattery's Slani afforded another chance in the mares' maiden. Although she disappointed last time she looks above average. John O'Shaughnessy saddles Hawkers Son in the older maiden and may step up to win here. Padraig Higgins has his team in good form and could take the winners' race with Golden Crisp.

At Stradbally tomorrow, Sam Curling and Rachel Blackmore look set to combine with Klassy and deserve a Ladies Open win.

In the winners-of-two, Need To Know is interesting. John Paul Brennan's charge pulled up last time, but at his best is the pick of this bunch, while Shirleyrockstar, who was second at Loughanmore, could be hard to beat in the mares' maiden as she should be suited by this course having showed plenty of speed last time.


2 There is a two-day International point-to-point at Fairyhouse Racecourse next Thursday (2.0) and Friday (3.0). On Friday there will be two races with UK point-to-point Riders taking on Irish Riders in a Ladies and Gentlemen teams challenge. All are welcome and entry is free while there are also four claiming races on Friday for trainers and owners to take interest in.


Atlantic Gold quickened up impressively to win at Taylorstown last Saturday for handler Fabian Burke. He had looked promising on his debut, and looks a sharp sort, capable of better things.


Printing Blue was second last time for handler David Lynch and could be good enough to win the Confined race at Bartlemy tomorrow.



Fermanagh at Necarne 2.30


Laois at Stradbally 2.30

United at Bartlemy 2.0

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