Sport Horse Racing

Monday 22 January 2018

Tested well equipped to pass €65,000 Tipperary exam

Tested will be among the runners for Dermot Weld in the Fairybridge Stakes at Tipperary. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Tested will be among the runners for Dermot Weld in the Fairybridge Stakes at Tipperary. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Tested can help Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen continue their fantastic season by plundering the €65,000 Fairybridge Stakes at Tipperary this evening.

Of Weld’s five runners at the Limerick Junction venue, two tackle the featured Coolmore-sponsored Group Three, with Big Break joining Tested in the seven-furlong affair.

Johnny Murtagh’s Purr Along drops in grade under the visiting Jamie Spencer, while Eddie Lynam’s three-year-old Witches Brew seeks to build on her fine second to Brendan Bracken at Cork. All told, the 10-runner contest is well up to scratch, but Tested is fancied to gain a deserved Group win after her gallant effort in defeat behind Murtagh’s Dalkova at Galway.

On that occasion, the triple winner was just denied in a tactical affair behind the pace-setting victor. She lost little in defeat, though, as she pursued Dalkova right to the line.

It was a display that confirmed Tested a progressive filly, so she is fancied to make amends.

Aidan and Joseph O’Brien should take the two-year-old maiden with Hail The Hero and the concluding conditions race with Red Rocks Point, which drops in trip to nine furlongs after scoring over 11 in Killarney.

However, the smart Fastnet Rock colt won over both a mile and nine furlongs on his first two starts, and a rating of 105 suggests that he is the pick of the six runners on duty in this. In the preceding Meadowview Stables Handicap, O’Brien’s fellow local handler David Marnane could collect with the Colm O’Donoghue-ridden Carenza.

A close third in this last year off a mark of 61, the Cape Cross filly gets in off a 60 this time, yet she looks just as good as she did 12 months ago. On day two of Bellewstown’s mini festival,  Little King Robin is the nap vote in the mares’ hurdle.

Colin Bowe’s six-year-old has been in excellent heart, winning three of her last four hurdle starts this summer. As a result, Little King Robin must concede weight to her five rivals here, but is trusted to have the quality to do so under Mark Walsh.

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