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Richard Pugh: Point- to point

Philip Rothwell's Lough Coi and Enda Bolger's Mount Sion, both third on their only starts to date, look the ones to follow in the four-year-old maiden at the Galway Blazers meeting tomorrow.

An interesting Open sees last weeks Taylorstown winner Skys The Limit head the entries, but he is not sure to fulfil this engagement.

In his absence it will be interesting to see how He's A Delight fares on his debut in Open company, but preference is for Limavady winner Zemsky to score for Ian Ferguson.

Castletown fourth Oscar Gregawn looks the pick in the older geldings division, while Will She Be Sober can take the concluding mares race.

Colin Bowe's yard has been in top form and this can continue at Kilsheelan tomorrow with Gurrawn Vic, which is selected to take the opening four-year-old maiden. Gaspar will be hard to beat in the Open, but the return to points of Snowy Morning, if he is fully fit, could see Colin Bowe land a double.

The season's only dual winner so far, Macra Na Feirme, can score again in the winners of two.

Number of the week

1,173 Hunter Certs have been processed so far, which is only slightly behind last season's total at the same stage. The number of horses being qualified to run in point-to-points continues to hold very solid indeed.

Horse to follow

Macra Na Feirme struggled to find winning ways under rules, but seems to have hit top form in points. If he returns to racing under rules, he could well make good use of his handicap mark of 84.

Weekend selection

Will She Be Sober has been a consistent mare and unlucky not to get her head in front before now. She was third behind geldings at Castletown-Geoghegan and this should be enough to see her have her day at Loughrea.


Tomorrow: Galway Blazers at Loughrea, 1.30; Kilmoganny at Kilsheelan, 1.30.

Irish Independent