Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Shintoh to hit right note for Bolger feature repeat

Damien McElroy

Another decent Flat meeting at Leopardstown, where Mundy performs live after racing, with the jumpers also being well catered for at Tipperary, will see a hectic schedule for Irish racing followers kick off this evening.

Returning from Royal Ascot, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, who combined to capture the featured Nijinsky Stakes with the favourite Shreyas a year ago, are hoping to repeat the feat now at the Dublin course with Shintoh.

The Giant's Causeway colt drops back both in class and a furlong in trip for this Listed contest after coming a creditable third to Jan Vermeer and Bobbyscot in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on similarly sound turf.

Now on a mark of 105, Bolger's charge has little enough in hand at this stage on the ratings of Famous Warrior (104), which however finds it hard to hit the target, and Sebastian Flyte (103), for whom nine furlongs could be on the sharp side.

In the belief that there's plenty more to come from Shintoh, Manning's mount is napped to resume winning ways tonight even if the year-younger stable companion Scriobhai may have to settle for place money again in the opening maiden.

Runner-up to Ballydoyle hotpot Zoffany last month at Naas, Scriobhai might find one or two his master this time, such as in-form Kevin Prendergast's War Chant, debutant Gemara and Looking Lovely, which shaped as if the extra furlong here would be a bonus when the daughter of Storm Cat finished a fair fourth to Oor Jock at Naas last Monday week.

Prendergast's Fairyhouse sprint runner-up Mujaazef might find the watered ground a shade on the quick side in the Foxrock Handicap, unlike Paul Deegan's Arab-owned Green Desert colt Bashir Biyoum Zain, which has prospered greatly this season under Willie Supple's guidance on the Polytrack at Dundalk and could still be a shade ahead of the handicapper.

The going appears to be even quicker, despite watering, as well at Tipperary where Paul Nolan's summer specialist Cuan Na Grai, which landed the Clanwilliam Novice Hurdle on the corresponding card 12 months ago, can land the spoils again over fences.

This nine-year-old is on a hat-trick mission in the Tipperary Town And District Chase after a runaway success in a similar conditions affair at Punchestown, before outpacing Blazing Tempo over timber at Limerick.

This evening's renewal of the Clanwilliam Novice Hurdle should go to Noel Meade's fluent Punchestown scorer Cottage Oak, in receipt of 4lb from joint top weights Bootlegger and Quiet Word. Paul Carberry could likewise be on the mark for the former champion trainer as last month's Kilbeggan scorer Dreadnot is preferred to Ballywooden King in the Roscrea Active Retirement Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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