Wednesday 17 January 2018

Shark primed to strike with King Of Redfield


Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The rejuvenated Ahorsecalledmolly heads the weights for a competitive €10,000 three-mile handicap chase at Kilbeggan this evening.

Successful over fences at Roscommon last month before then sharing the spoils in a hurdle race at Bellewstown, Andrew Lynch's 10-year-old must concede weight to each of his 10 rivals here.

Off a nine-pounds higher mark than when just fending off Jamsie Hall by a short-head at Roscommon, he could find life difficult here.

The consistent if exasperating Steel Magnate is another to consider for Gordon Elliott, but King Of Redfield is fancied to land the spoils for John 'Shark' Hanlon.

Sent off favourite when well held on the Flat at Wexford a fortnight ago, the King's Theatre gelding returned lame after picking up a knock during that race. However, it was clearly nothing serious and he will be a more potent proposition back over jumps now.

A good winner here on his fencing debut in June, he has shaped well to be placed in three subsequent chasing outings, keeping on to be third behind Jamsie Hall on his first start in a handicap at Tramore in August.

The 22-furlong trip that day was too short for him, so the return to the conditions over which he won in June should aid his cause now. With the useful seven-pound claimer Brian Hayes easing his 11st 11lb burden, King Of Redfield ought to be hard to beat.

Likewise expected to improve for the step up to three miles for a first time is London Bridge in the earlier conditions hurdle. Just seven go to post here but the presence of Trendelenburg, Wins Now and Brave Beauty means that it will be keenly contested.

Having returned to form over fences at the Co Westmeath a month ago, Wins Now in particular must be respected.

Nonetheless, on official figures the weights are framed to suit London Bridge, a dual July winner that posted a solid effort when a staying-on third behind Bullock Harbour over two-six at Killarney last week.


In the Irish Stallion Farms EBF-sponsored mares' race, Spring Hawk may be worth a speculative investment. Her four rivals are all more established campaigners, with Coscorrig the highest rated off a mark of 115.

The Tom McCourt-trained Spring Hawk only initiated her jumping career at Bellewstown recently, but ran a stormer to be third to the smart pair Jacksonslady and Inspector Clouseau.

Having travelled and hurdled nicely, she kept finding on the run to the line, so she should go close again now that she receives weight all round.

Granaruid is another worth a look in the beginners' chase.

Mick Halford's eight-year-old has often frustrated, but just got chinned by Traffic Article on his fencing debut at Tramore. He deserves another chance under Davy Condon in this.

Irish Independent

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