Tuesday 10 December 2019

Seriatim looks just the ticket for Geraghty

Seriatim is napped to provide Larne handler Roy Wilson with a first triumph since obliging at Punchestown last May when he lines out under Barry Geraghty at Fairyhouse today.

Wilson's former point-to-point winner faces a competitive field in the €14,500 Buy Tickets Online @ Fairyhouse.ie Rated Hurdle, with Eddie Harty's impressive recent scorer Fahamore among the main dangers from his 10 rivals. The Dessie Hughes-trained Whispering Hills is another that would have a squeak at its best, but the selection accounted for that one quite readily when losing its maiden status in May.

Over three miles on soft ground that day, Seriatim toppled some respectable opposition in commanding fashion.

When he reappeared over a half a mile shorter here in November, he finished a creditable third behind Hughes' smart Seefood and the subsequent comfortable Leopardstown winner Sizing Gold.

That was a fair effort from Seriatim after a lay-off, so he will be hard to beat under Barry Geraghty now if he comes on any bit for the run.

The Ratoath-based rider has only one other ride at his local venue on Cnocan Diva in the opening maiden hurdle, but Tony Martin's two-time Flat winner did little of note on its Leopardstown bow.

Summerhill native Robbie Power might be the man to keep on side in that two-miler.

Power rides Mister Hotelier for Colm Murphy, a horse that ran as though it was tired of bumpers when disappointing on its seasonal debut at Punchestown in November.

However, the son of Beneficial showed a decent level of ability to be second on three occasions last term, including when chasing up Too Scoops here in the sort of testing ground that he will encounter again now.

If Mister Hotelier translates that type of performance to hurdling, he is sure to take plenty stopping.

While Willie Mullins' Sarabad, second in both starts this term, is a threat, the champion trainer may have a better chance with Raise Hell under Davy Russell in the two-and-a-half-mile version. Second to stable-mate Touch The Eden over two miles at Thurles, the Gigginstown Stud-owned runner will be better for this step up in trip.

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