Wednesday 13 December 2017

Progressive Sharekan can strike for Condon

Damien McElroy

Former champion jockey Paul Carberry gets in some additional match practice ahead of Tuesday's Champion Hurdle date with destiny aboard hot favourite Go Native at his local Navan course tomorrow.

The exposed Dreadnot is first into action in the 30-runner Kilberry Maiden Hurdle for Paul and his long-term main employer Noel Meade who saddles three more of the jockey's mounts during a busy, if low-key, session.

While both West Of The Border and the frustrating Corskeagh Royale should figure prominently again for this enduring partnership, Carberry's best chance of a winner here may come in the Slane Handicap Hurdle.

Galway trainer Paul Gilligan has secured Paul's services for the Hurl 'N' Ball Syndicate's Nintytwo Team, runner-up at Naas last Sunday to Dancing Tornado and stepping up half a mile in trip this time.

However this prize could go instead to locally based Galway native Michael Cunningham's Sharekan which has been raised 12lb and 8lb in turn for defying the handicapper on successive Fairyhouse outings.

Ironically, this progressive hat-trick seeker has been prospering in the hands of Davy Condon who deputised to such great effect in mid-winter for the suspended Carberry aboard both Go Native and Pandorama.

This event affords proven 'chasers King Johns Castle, Chelsea Harbour and Operation Houdini in particular an opportunity to get competitive again, with the former's rider Davy Russell likely to fare better elsewhere on this card.

Colm Murphy's consistent Quito De La Roque won readily at Clonmel last month to fulfil the promise shown by this French import when second to Cheltenham-bound Enterprise Park at Limerick.


Although rated 7lb inferior at this stage to Enterprise Park's stable companion Rhyl Accord, Murphy's charge might have what it takes to step up in grade in the Irish Stallion Farms Novice Hurdle.

Russell takes over the reins from Ruby Walsh in the Jackpot finale, aboard Tony Martin's Saddlers Storm, which has cumulative penalties of 22lb to shoulder after back-to-back Fairyhouse victories.

That kind of impost could be a bridge too far for this dour stayer and the vote goes instead to Kimberlite King which won more recently at that Meath track and goes very well for Matt O'Connor.

Irish Independent

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