Monday 16 July 2018

Take 'Tango' to extend Keane's lead

Colin Keane remains the one to catch in the Irish Flat jockeys’ title race. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colin Keane remains the one to catch in the Irish Flat jockeys’ title race. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Colin Keane remains the one to catch in the Irish Flat jockeys' title race and he can edge further ahead by taking Roscommon's concluding Sean Cleary Memorial Handicap with Dara Tango.

This race honours the rider who died in 2003 and unquestionably the most popular winner would be Greanta, which represents his father and brother. Notably, this one was not declared when the race was due to take place before the meeting was abandoned last Monday.

However, Dara Tango is hard to oppose. His Flat rating has looked lenient in the extreme, relative to his hurdling form for Tony Martin, and a 5lb rise for a Galway Festival win was probably forgiving as well.

The most lucrative race is not an especially strong one, the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, which has somehow attracted merely 10 horses, none of which has yet to finish placed.

It is a maiden in all but name then, and Still Standing is taken to prevail for Jessica Harrington, who has enjoyed plenty of success with progeny of Mastercraftsman.

Another of those, Hyperdrive, has a chance in the Peggy Guerin Memorial Handicap and may give the trainer a double. Again, this is far from competitive for the purse.

Madeline Tylicki has a useful enough sort in Sirjack Thomas, which can confirm a Gowran edge over Mount Wellington in the opener under Billy Lee.

Downpatrick's feature is the Stylish Hat Win A Trip To Athens Handicap Hurdle, JP McManus providing two runners. This looks a bit weaker than the Ballinrobe event in which Steamboat Quay was third and he is taken to go two better for Gordon Elliott.

Willie Mullins has some interesting runners and Didero Vallis will be a warm order in the opening Profile Systems Maiden Hurdle. A son of Don Poli's sire (Poliglote), he was third in a Group Three at a mile and a half in October and could be quite smart jumping.

Elliott's Boris Grishenko can prove his Galway run all wrong in the Attheraces.com Flat Race.

Irish Independent

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