Monday 9 December 2019

Swish can secure landmark success for rising star Feane

Trainer Johnny Feane Picture: Patrick McCann
Trainer Johnny Feane Picture: Patrick McCann

Richard Forristal

Young Curragh handler Johnny Feane continues to impress and he can again get among the winners at Fairyhouse tonight with Swish.

Having enjoyed his best winter all-weather campaign with five wins, the young trainer's running tally of seven means that he has already matched his previous best for a domestic turf season.

Feane is a very capable trainer on an upward curve, and Swish is fancied to secure him win number eight under Wayne Lordan.

The daughter of Lilbourne Lad tackles the juvenile fillies' maiden, having made considerable progress from her first run to her second. On the latter occasion here, she kept on from a poor draw to finish third to Elusive Beauty, form that was franked when the winner went close in a Group Three.

The fourth, Mirdif, has also won since, so there is little doubt that it was a solid turn from Swish. If she runs to a similar level or better now, then, she ought to be hard to stop, as this doesn't look an especially hot contest.

Michael O'Callaghan's unexposed Giselle's Charm might be the danger. Fourth at Cork on her debut, Kieren Fallon's mount clearly has the potential to step up considerably on that.

Seven-pound claimer Oisin Orr is also making a big impression right now and he can get on the score-sheet at the Meath venue aboard Jim Larkin's House Limit.

Three times a winner in the past, House Limit tackles an 18-runner 10-furlong handicap. It is pretty open looking, but a strong case can be made for him.

He won a similar race at Limerick off his current rating of 54 last year, and he has been coming into form, going close over fences and on the Flat back at Limerick this month. Denied just a length that day, House Limit should gain his reward now.

The day's nap vote falls to An Duine Uasal in the three-year-olds' 10-furlong handicap. Joseph and Ana O'Brien will be in the thick of this with Lord Justice, and Bumper Crop is another with a life for the in-form Paul Deegan and Chris Hayes.

Adrian Keatley's An Duine Uasal has failed to win in nine starts since getting off the mark on its second outing as a juvenile at Cork over a year ago. However, he has fallen from a mark of 78 to 67, which is a pound higher than the mark that he recently went close off at Navan.

Over a mile on that occasion, he motored home for Gary Carroll to go down by just a length to Zebgrey and Drillmaster, both of which are in a rich vein of form. Stepping up to this trip for a first time, An Duine Uasal might just take a bit of stopping.

Local handler Ger Lyons could depart with a double. His Fisherman's Blues should be thereabouts in the claimer, while Spader appeals in the conditions race. Colin Keane's mount is the top-rated of the four runners.

A probable non-stayer when well held in the Ulster Derby behind the Irish Derby third Stellar Mass, the drop back in distance here will suit.

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