Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 18 March 2018

Senior Again can score at Sligo

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

SENIOR AGAIN, a massive improver last term, is napped to make a successful reappearance in the Foley's Bar & Off Licence Handicap Chase at Sligo today.

The €15,250 feature, one of six scheduled chases, is well contested as Arthur Moore's Downpatrick hurdle winner Claragh Native reverts to the bigger obstacles once again under Paul Carberry.

With the meeting subject to an 8.0 inspection, however, the testing ground would not suit him should it get the go-ahead. Senior Again, on the other hand, excels in the mud.

Having gone 10 starts without ever making the frame, Francis Flood's JP McManus-owned six-year-old came into his own last winter, winning twice and finishing second once in three starts on heavy.

Subsequently third in a decent novices' handicap on better going at Fairyhouse off a mark of 115, he was still in with a live chance when crashing out at the second-last at Punchestown.

After making such good progress, that was an unfortunate end to the season for Senior Again, but it confirmed that he still has more to give and so he has plenty going for him off the same rating under Mark Walsh now.

In the opening mares' beginners' chase, Our Girl Lucy is fancied for Tralee's father-and-son partnership of Tom and Bryan Cooper.

This 11-runner contest is also competitive, with Listowel winner Rising Time and fencing debutants Ta Blazes, Littletown Lass and Cool Annie all entitled to stake a claim at this level.

Crucially though, Our Girl Lucy, a point-to-point winner on heavy, is sure to handle conditions and impressed when second to Jacksonslady on her fencing bow at Killarney. Moreover, her preference for front-running will suit this tight venue.

On paper, the Enda Bolger-trained Arabella Boy will take all the beating under Nina Carberry in the Martin Reilly Motors Hyundai i40 Chase, but Robbie Hennessy's Mister First is just preferred.

While Barry Geraghty's mount's form tailed off in the spring, he was otherwise progressive on heavy ground last term, so is fancied to defy a 13lb ratings gap with the more exposed Arabella Boy here.

Irish Independent

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