Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sword Of Honour to prove credentials for Magnier at Tramore

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Sword Of Honour, formerly of Ballydoyle and bred to win a Derby, can get the big day off to a good start by carrying John Magnier's silks to victory in the amateur riders' race at Tramore.

An easy bumper winner on his debut for Pat Flynn at Killarney last August, the son of Montjeu flopped badly in testing ground at Fairyhouse over Easter.

While that performance is obviously a slight concern, today's better going will probably see the five-year-old in a better light, and he has the added benefit of the excellent Jane Mangan's seven-pound claim to boot.

Of the selection's four rivals, Dessie Hughes' in-form Definite Class may pose the biggest threat.

Successful over fences in her last two starts, Nina Carberry's mount is clearly at the top of her game, but you would imagine that Sword Of Honour would have a few too many gears if he can leave his Fairyhouse eclipse behind.

Locally-based Flynn might also take the mile-and-a-half fillies' handicap with Mamma Rosa, while Andy Oliver could bring a couple of firsts back to his Tyrone yard courtesy of Security Breach and Roman Locket.

Security Breach had Dermot Weld's re-opposing Stuccodor behind when third on its first outing at Roscommon last month, and has as good a chance as any of landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Roman Locket is more strongly fancied in the concluding 12-furlong handicap. Having previously been campaigned over a mile or less, Conor Hoban's mount improved for the step-up to 10 furlongs on his last two starts at Navan.

Third of 23 on the first of those occasions, he finished seventh of 17 last time, flashing home late on to really catch the eye.

If Roman Locket benefits for the step-up in trip as much again now, he can justify nap status under his five-pound claimer.

Earlier, Shane Foley, who has been in cracking form, can take the fillies' maiden on Sinetta, with Mick Halford's three-year-old expected to leave behind a poor last start on this going.

• Prohibit warms up for the defence of his King's Stand Stakes crown when he lines up for the Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly tomorrow. Robert Cowell's speedster took the same route last summer when he was just touched off by the reopposing Wizz Kid in the French Group Two before taking the honours in the five-furlong Group One at Royal Ascot.

Irish Independent

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