Saturday 21 April 2018

Returning McNamara to shine on Guzzle An Go

Damien McElroy

Gowran Park's interesting jumping programme is obliged to compete tomorrow for the patronage of Kilkenny sport fans with the initial foray of the county's hurling supremos at Croke Park.

The Gowran executive will be hoping that at least a section of Kilkenny's avid supporters will take the clash with Dublin as done and dusted and head to the races where Edward O'Grady welcomes Andrew McNamara back into action.

The tall Limerick pilot has shrugged off the effects of an early tumble at Tipperary on Thursday evening to resume here on behalf of Tipperary-based O'Grady, with whom he has been building up a consistently profitable association.

This partnership have plucky Clonmel winner Guzzle An Go resuming tomorrow in the featured Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap Hurdle -- after a break of 45 days in opposition to more exposed types, as well as Killarney scorer Suffren in the conditions hurdle.

An improving daughter of local stallion King's Theatre, Guzzle An Go incurred a 5lb rise in the ratings on foot of her late surge to victory at Clonmel and may profit most for her syndicate owners from the absence of original top weight Cothrom Na Feinne.

The outcome of the preceding hurdles event confined to four-year-olds could revolve around the fate of Saponara, which will have the benefit of Paddy Kennedy's claim as she bids to augment successes at Down Royal and Kilbeggan.

Exactly what that form amounts to is debatable, however, and this Dessie Hughes runner has both Suffren and Cabernet Sauvignon to fear.

Cabernet Sauvignon's rider Barry Geraghty might double up on Karl Wyse's luckless Mr Dazza in the Paulstown Maiden Hurdle and Kevkat (Inistioge Maiden Hurdle).

There could be no more fitting result to the concluding Joe Bollard Memorial bumper in the context of the day's sporting action than former Kilkenny star Kieran Purcell welcoming promising recruit Viking Visitor into the winner's enclosure.

This son of Viking Ruler built on a point-to-point win when beating all except Fantasy King -- winner at Leopardstown on Thursday -- on his racecourse debut over two miles at Punchestown under Joe Burns.

Irish Independent

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