Friday 24 November 2017

Stream can make late burst to take the honours

Damien McElroy

Family Day at Kilbeggan tomorrow features a concerted effort by Trim-based trainer Gordon Elliott to transfer his enviable strike rate around Britain to the domestic front after underlining his intentions by helping himself to a double at Ballinrobe last Tuesday.

Barry Geraghty, who partnered those scorers at the Mayo venue, should go close for the Elliott yard aboard Mayo Abbey in the Mullingar Beginners Chase, as this point-to-point winner beat all except compatriot Del Rio in a similar contest at Perth.

However, both Geraghty's mount and the Hennessy family's expensive purchase Donegal might find the Charlie Swan-trained Cloone Stream a shade too quick in the closing stages in the capable hands of young Denis Hogan.

Mayo Abbey's stable companion Nedzer's Return is bound to be a hot order when benefiting from Simon McGonagle's claim in the modest Bloomfield House Hotel Hurdle after completing a mixed treble at Perth in style a fortnight ago.

Geraghty sports the lucky Big Zeb colours when Twin Joy tackles the opening maiden hurdle, and Catskill will also be a popular fancy to defy a 4lb penalty in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

Just held by Larry Luso in a tight finish at Punchestown, Classic Frontier might recoup the losses sustained there by coping this time with course winner Doctor Woodfield from the resurgent Cecil Ross yard at Slanemore, Mullingar.

Meanwhile, the training honours at Tramore this afternoon could go to Kevin Prendergast, who has found an ideal opportunity for Brazilian Beauty to belatedly get off the mark under Chris Hayes in the fillies' maiden.

His wife's Gypsy Rose may then follow up her Clonmel success in the Supporters Club Handicap.

Irish Independent

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