Friday 23 February 2018

Run With The Wind can double up

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

DESPITE the track at Listowel being described as fit for racing yesterday, the threat of rainfall in the locality has prompted a 7.30 morning inspection to determine if the rescheduled final card from last week's Harvest Festival will go ahead today.

Inevitably, the programme has lost some of the more appealing contenders from last Saturday's original fixture, but there will still be decent fare on offer should it survive.

In the opening MJ Carroll Maiden Hurdle, for example, there is a potentially interesting clash between Duc De Savoie and Run With The Wind.

Sent off favourite at the Kerry venue last Wednesday, the Dermot Weld-trained Duc De Savoie performed respectably when fourth to Code Of The West. He may not need to improve too much on that to go close in today's 11-runner contest, but Run With The Wind is marginally preferred.

Michael Hourigan's son of Sadler's Wells is a former point-to-point winner that prevailed here by a nose on the Flat last Thursday. That was just his second start since February -- when he showed respectable hurdling form -- so there is every chance that he could again prove difficult to beat under Barry Geraghty.

Ruby Walsh, having scored on his final two mounts at Listowel last week, is bidding for a third success in a row on Duc De Savoie.

Walsh is fancied to collect on Willie Mullins' Pozyc in the Edmond Whelan Memorial Handicap Hurdle. Mullins also has Inspector Clouseau, which was just edged out at Bellewstown last month, in this. However, Pozyc may be better equipped to cope with the heavy going. On that same day at Bellewstown, the five-year-old found only Original Option too strong.

With that one's comprehensive triumph here last Wednesday franking the form, Pozyc appeals off just 10st 4lb now.

In the Allman Contracts Ltd Beginners' Chase which follows, Lucky William is out to get his career back on track for Tom Cooper. Luckless over fences last season, he is looking for a first win since February 2010, but may well need the reappearance run.

Forjoetheplumber has the benefit of an outing and he may take advantage of that for the father and son team of Jimmy and Pat Mangan. A fair sixth behind De Valira here 12 days ago, he shouldn't be far away if he can reproduce the form that saw him placed on five occasions behind the likes of Chicago Grey last term.

There is also a meeting at Dundalk tonight, when Aidan O'Brien could secure both of the races that his three runners contest. The Ballydoyle handler relies on Wading -- second on her debut at The Curragh a fortnight ago -- in the juvenile fillies' maiden.

Ger Lyons' Oh So Lucy is a real threat after two placed efforts, but Wading, with Joseph O'Brien up, may have more scope at this stage.

In the concluding conditions race, O'Brien saddles both Regent Street and Amazing Beauty, with Regent Street, twice placed at Group level, deserving of the nap selection.

Irish Independent

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