Tuesday 12 December 2017

Regal Power class to lord it over rivals

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Provided that Fairyhouse doesn't lose a third scheduled meeting in quick succession tomorrow, Regal Power appeals as nap material for the in-form local handler Eddie Lynam.

The Royal Applause three-year-old tackles the seven-furlong maiden on what the Ratoath venue is promoting as a family fun day, and he has done enough on his last couple of starts to suggest that he is up to accounting for his 13 rivals.

Dermot Weld's Encrypted Message may be the best long-term prospect in the race, but doesn't appeal over this trip, having looked suited by 10 furlongs when runner-up on his two previous starts.

Ballydoyle's Unanimous is another danger. However, Regal Power holds him on a line through Rominintheglomin, which finished well behind when the selection was second to Alkazim at Naas last month.

When Rominintheglomin enhanced that form by collecting at Gowran Park, Unanimous filled the runner-up berth. On his first try at seven furlongs, then, Regal Power has plenty going for him under Declan McDonogh.

In the Listed Belgrave Stakes, Lynam's recent Haydock scorer Slade Power is quite possibly the one to beat, but the progressive colt has never encountered anything other than good ground or faster. With that in mind, Tracey Collins' Arctic could be the one to keep on side.

A precocious juvenile, the grey son of Shamardal lost his way for a couple of years, but has looked more like his old self this term.

Third behind Gordon Lord Byron at Cork first time up, he powered home in authoritative fashion in heavy going at Navan, before posting a superb effort to be second to An Saighdiur under 10st in the Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh.

On that occasion, Arctic had Gordon Lord Byron back in third, so he's strongly fancied to confirm those placings off similar terms now for Michael Hussey.

In the following handicap over the same six-furlong trip, Fran Berry could make a trip to the winner's enclosure on the hat-trick-seeking Faleena, which loves the mud and is just 8lb higher than when victorious at Bellewstown.

Two others of interest on the Fairyhouse card are the Sheikh Mohammed-owned duo Blue Corner and Hay Point.

Of the four runners in the 10-furlong conditions race, the Mick Halford-trained Blue Corner, immensely impressive on his Curragh debut at the end of May, stands out as a potential Group-class contender, while John Oxx's Hay Point readily beat the subsequent Curragh winner Warwick Avenue over this course and distance in June. Off 83 in the final handicap, he might just be thrown in.

At Sligo, Ruby Walsh has serious claims on the smart bumper mares Zuzka and Summer Star in their respective hurdles, as does Mickey Butler on the in-foal Our Nana Rose in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle.

Another that obliged at Bellewstown last weekend, Our Nana Rose races off just a 2lb higher mark when you factor in Butler's 5lb claim, so it could pay to stick with her now that she has found her form.

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