Friday 24 November 2017

Point-to-point

Richard Pugh

A busy weekend of action begins this afternoon at Kirkistown, where a late time change sees the first race take place at 1.0.

Colin Bowe saddled three winners last weekend and could continue his good run with Katiebyrne in the mares maiden, while Stuart Crawford needs Muirhead to win the Open in order to ensure he is qualified in time to compete in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham in a few weeks time.

At Cragmore tomorrow, John Costello, who is hosting the meeting on his land, could also be amongst the winners with Final Gift in the Open.

Tom Keating's Goodnightirene could take the mares' maiden, while Eoin Doyle's Double Captain is one to note in the winners' race.

Up For Review won at Knockanard last season and now finds himself to the fore of the Cheltenham bumper betting for Willie Mullins, so there will be plenty of interest in the opening maiden, where Tom Cooper's Crocodile Dundee is given a chance.

Noble Prince has a number of entries and could be best served by competing in this Novice riders' open, which would qualify him for the Cheltenham foxhunters with a win.

At Punchestown, where racing is held inside the racecourse, the Colin Bowe-trained Jonniesofa could take the five-year-old maiden following three fine placed efforts.

Mtada Supreme for handler Peter Maher looks banker material in the Confined race, and Martin Lynch could saddle the final winner with Oneida Tribe.

Number of the week

2 Derek O'Connor only managed one winner last weekend and now finds himself on 998 winners. He will ride this afternoon at Kirkistown and tomorrow could well be in action at Cragmore, and one of those two venues will surely see history made.

Horse to follow

Goodbloodbadblood was one of three winners trained by Wexford handler Colin Bowe last weekend. In taking the mares' maiden at Askeaton she achieved the joint highest rating for a five-year-old maiden mare this season and looks an exciting prospect.

Weekend selection

Mtada Supreme won an Open at Tinahely when beating Carsonstown Boy and now drops back to Confined level at Punchestown so should be the banker of the weekend.

Weekend fixtures

Today

North Down (F) at Kirkistown 1.0

Tomorrow

Kildare (F) at Punchestown 1.0

Co Limerick (F) at Cragmore 1.0

Avondhu (F) at Knockanard 1.0

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