Sunday 21 October 2018

'The King' can reign for red-hot Harrington

Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Jessica Harrington can do no wrong in recent weeks and, after recently adding her first Classic success to her impressive training CV, the Moone handler can take the top prize on offer at today's eight-race Flat card at Navan.

All eyes will be on Epsom but anyone looking for action on these shores won't be disappointed, with four meetings this weekend spearheaded by the €50,000 Royal County Handicap (4.10).

It's a competitive nine-runner affair but the Moone handler may hold the ace in The King, which takes a significant step down in grade having chased home Derby hope Hazapour in the Derrinstown at Leopardstown.

Eighth of eight might not look great on paper but the son of Mastercraftsman was far from disgraced and Harrington has always held him in high regard.

More is expected from Colm O'Donoghue's mount, which was too good for subsequent Listed winner Imaging (Dermot Weld) when taking his maiden at Gowran Park last September, and he can get the better of Joseph O'Brien Downdraft.

Aidan O'Brien looks to hold an ace in the Adrian Fox Memorial Maiden (3.0) with Cyprus Creek - ridden by Emmet McNamara - the form pick having chased home smart stablemate Southern France at Leopardstown.

Last weekend was a bad one for the Kildare footballers but former Lilywhites star Willie McCreery can lift spirits with Patuano a leading fancy at Listowel tomorrow (2.40). An impressive winner at the Curragh last week, Oisin Orr's mount can defy an 8lb penalty to score.

Irish Independent

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