Thursday 22 March 2018

Point-to-point preview

Richard Pugh

Last season's champion horse Nedzers Return has a battle on his hands as the largest meeting of the winter so far takes place at Tattersalls tomorrow, with 231 entries across 12 races.

It starts at 10.0 to cater for the numbers that are sure to arrive to see what has the makings of a top-notch cross-country race.

Nedzers Return has run only once this season, finishing third in early October. But last year's winner over this testing course has to take on decent opposition here.

Made In Taipan was second over this course a month ago and is expected to run well again, while recent Hunter Chase winner Sebadee makes his debut over these fences but could be a threat if taking to them.

In the opening four-year-old maiden Warren Ewing's Ground Invasion, Shane Ryder's Mister Miyagi and Colin Bowe's pair I'm A Rocker and Milestone Island have the form to outrun the remainder.

Ger Murphy saddles My Delia, which was second last time and can play a strong part in the mares' maiden, while Ronald Delaney's Waltz Legend could be one to follow in the mares' winners' race as she could represent each-way value.

At Avaune, there is an 11.30 start and Paul Power will be hoping Kilronan High can continue her recent placed form to get the win she deserves in the opening mares' maiden.

Golantilla took the four-year-old gelding last year. On this season's form, it could be the turn of the Jim Culloty-trained Heroic Approach, which ran well to finish fourth on his debut last season.

Brian Jordan saddles The Boss's Dream, a narrow second last Sunday at Lingstown, which could take the five-year-old maiden, while James Sheahan could lift the winners race with recent Boulta runner-up Just Bill.


165 November was a record-breaking month for former Irish point-to-pointers on the track. In total, 165 races in Ireland and the UK were won by former Irish pointers, including high-class sorts such as Champagne Fever, Briar Hill and Al Ferof.


Official Ben won impressively for Denis Prendergast last Sunday at Ballindenisk and jumped well throughout. He looks one to keep note of in the near future when he goes to the track.


Philip Dempsey saddles Dinnies Vinny at Tattersalls. This half-brother to Dunguib was set for success before falling at the last at Ballingarry but should make amends this time.



Louth at Tattersalls 10.0

United at Avaune 11:30

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