Monday 16 December 2019

Point-to-Point

Richard Pugh

The Westmeath and Longford hunt committees combine tomorrow to unveil a new course at Corbeagh House, with the first race scheduled for noon.

This course is located in Moatefarrell, Co Longford, and will be well known to other equestrian folk as it is used widely for hunter trials and other such events.

The opening four-year-old maiden looks a match between the Noel Meade- trained Tiger Sam, which was second at Tinahely, and Brian Hamilton's Wither Or Not, which was fourth at Maralin.

Both are also engaged at Kirkistown this afternoon so, if they split, each could take a winning opportunity.

Jim Dreaper will have a live chance in the other geldings' maiden with Kayf Supreme, which was placed in a few maidens last season and runs in the colours of Alan Potts.

The Open is a top-class affair, with dual winner Oscar Barton taken on by Cheltenham foxhunters runner-up Carsonstown Boy and three former track performers in Luska Lad, Western Leader and Marito.

All are top-notch on their day and if they all turn up it will be the highlight of the weekend.

At Affane tomorrow, Joe Ryan, who enjoyed a good season last term with Mahler And Me and subsequent bumper winner Missed Approach - which both took maidens - saddles Fromdusktilldawn, which was fourth on his only start and can step up to win now.

Um From Umbridge stands out in the mares' maiden for Eugene O'Sullivan - the race has attracted a disappointing seven entries.

The Open is for novice riders, and Roderic Kavanagh could steer home the winner here in Dantes King, which was second last time to Oscar Barton at Grennan and looks likely to come on for the run. The Ross O'Sullivan-trained gelding will take a lot of beating.

Michelle Duggan's Hanibal Lector was third last time and looks set to step up and take the concluding older maiden on the card.

Number of the week

3 - Three horses have won more than one race so far this season and two of them are engaged to run tomorrow in search of the first hat-trick. Shay Slevin saddles Subtitle, while Gordon Elliott will saddle Oscar Barton - both are due to run at Corbeagh House.

Horse to follow

Vinalhaven was an impressive winner of the five-year-old maiden for Walter Connors and Pat Doyle last week at Kilworth. He looks a top-class recruit with a big future as the front pair drew almost 20 lengths clear in a big field.

Weekend selection

Jim Dreaper saddles a very experienced track campaigner at Corbeagh House tomorrow in Mr Cosmopolitan, which has some decent track form and could take this older maiden which concludes the card.

Weekend fixtures

Today

North Down (F) at Kirkistown (Noon)

Tomorrow

Westmeath (F) & Longford (H) at Corbeagh House (Noon)

Dungarvan (H) at Affane (Noon)

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