Thursday 23 November 2017

Richard Pugh: Point-to point

Count Your Change was second last time and will be expected to go one better in the opener at Affane tomorrow.

In the second race, John Halley's Portion Control could go close, although Michael Hourigan has two Gigginstown house entries worth noting.

Macra Na Feirme fell last time, but can bounce back to winning ways in the winners race at the expense of Atlanta Falcon and Verumontanum, while Skys The Limit's race fitness may assist him to see off Rudi Trucker.

At Ballydarragh, Broadbackbob for Stuart Crawford stands out, having had some placed efforts and run well in summer bumpers.

If Will She Be Sober is none the worse for her efforts when second last Sunday, she can make amends in the mares winners race and Fitzgutentyte may get home in the mares.

At Maralin today, Ballynagour and Hume Tower are the two to follow in the opener. Trendelen-burg has hit the deck twice this season, but if he can stay on his feet, he will take beating in the five-year-old maiden.

Zemsky bids for his hat-trick in the Open and is expected to deliver at the expense of Send For Paddy and Oh So Humbel.

Bleakfield Lady fell last weekend, but before that looked a potentially classy sort and should be followed this time in the mares maiden; Grigg Oak can take the winners race.

Number Of The Week

3 Horses who ran in this year's Aintree Grand National have already run in point-to-points in Ireland this season: Snowy Morning, Conna Castle and King Johns Castle. All three placed.

Horse To Follow

Harpsy Cord looks a smart horse having won on his debut at Dromahane on Sunday last and is one to keep in the notebook for the future.

Weekend Selection

Count Your Change was second on her only outing last season and returns in the opening race at Affane tomorrow and looks the one to beat for Jack Bennett


Today: Iveagh at Maralin 12.0

Tomorrow: Dungarvan at Affane 12.0; Island at Ballydarragh 12.0.

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