Saturday 21 April 2018

Point-to-Point previews

Richard Pugh

WITH the ground remaining good, it is starting to have a real impact on entries as connections are unwilling to risk winter horses on ground bordering on summer conditions.

The meeting scheduled for Ballydarragh tomorrow week has already been cancelled because of the going.

Tammys Hill will be the star attraction at Ballindenisk tomorrow. This top hunter chaser has beaten Salsify more than once and is a consistent sort. He should be hard to beat in the Open if northern trainer Liam Lennon chooses to travel.

James Cregan's Make It Happen ran well on his debut last season and looks primed to pick up the opener here.

Tom Busteed's Buster Dan Dan was narrowly touched off last time and could go one better in the five-year-old maiden.

David Harry Kelly could collect the mares' maiden with Springbelle, which was second on her debut and would be a worthy favourite.

At Lisronagh, the Enda Bolger-trained Phar And Away can run well in the opening four-year-old maiden and can make up for the disappointment when the race was not run to suit him last time at Ballingarry.

Cyril Larkin's Our Girl Elle stands out in the mares' maiden, while the Willie Codd-trained Our Commander, which showed promise on one placed outing last season, could be best in the five-year-old maiden. Flas Long Shot ran well on his points debut for Michael McDonagh at Ballingarry recently and could be the pick of the older maiden at the end of the card.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

3 With the abandonment of Ballydarragh tomorrow week, there are now just three meetings left before Christmas after this weekend, with the new spring season getting under way at Dromahane on December 29.

HORSE TO FOLLOW

Racing Europe made a promising debut at Curaheen and then stepped up to win well last weekend at Boulta. Con O'Keeffe's four-year-old looks an exciting prospect.

WEEKEND SELECTION

Liam Lennon's Tammys Hill should be the banker of the weekend if he runs at Ballindenisk.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

today

Tipperary at Lisronagh 12.0

United at Ballindenisk 11.30

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