Saturday 18 January 2020

Tiara can crown Special treble for De Bromhead

Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara (centre) is arguably the most interesting runner at Cork. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara (centre) is arguably the most interesting runner at Cork. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Richard Forristal

Henry de Bromhead makes the journey west to Cork racecourse in Mallow from his Waterford base with three horses, and it wouldn't be a huge surprise were they all to win.

The bank holiday jumps spread at the Munster venue is one of two fixtures this afternoon, with a Flat programme pencilled in for Naas.

Both boast pretty competitive cards, though de Bromhead's Special Tiara is arguably the most interesting runner of the day in Cork.

A classy fast-ground chaser that won a Grade One at Aintree last year, he has been placed in a couple more since, including when third to Sire De Grugy at Sandown in April.

He then returned from a short break to just get run out of it by Tigris River in a decent Flat race at Killarney, a turn that should have left him spot on for today's two-mile handicap hurdle.

Ostensibly, the 10-runner affair is a tight little contest, with Portrade and Mahrajaan both coming here in grand form.

However, Special Tiara is absolutely thrown in on his first hurdle start since scooting up on his third stab at a maiden in Killarney two years ago.

Rated 153 over fences, he gets in now off just 116, meaning that the nap pick is over two and a half stone well in under Andrew McNamara, who rides for a first time.

With the ground forecast to be on the quick side, then, he really should be winning.

Brian Hayes, who bagged his first Galway festival winner on de Bromhead's Beckwith Star last week, is on the stable's other two runners, Equity Swap and Treacy Hotels Boy.

Davy Russell rode both last time and may or may not have had the choice here, but Hayes is enjoying a fantastic summer and he is certainly no hindrance to their chances.

Indeed, with his 3lbs claim, Treacy Hotels Boy is especially interesting, as he has been raised two pounds for flashing home to be second to The Black Russian at Kilbeggan.

That was the second time that Treacy Hotels Boy has been placed at the Co Westmeath venue recently, and the step up from two miles to most of two and a half here could also prove key.


Mark Walsh has a decent book of rides at Cork and Dermot Weld's classy Waaheb should win the conditions race if he sees out the three-mile trip, with Austin Leahy's Pleased As Punch also interesting under Walsh for JP McManus in the mares' handicap hurdle.

At Naas, Aidan and Joseph O'Brien should win the juvenile maiden with Order Of St George.

In the juvenile conditions' race, though, Ballydoyle's Cape Clear Island is opposed with Ger Lyons' Dandyleekie, a horse that possibly had its chance compromised when beaten by Dick Whittington at Navan after getting fraught in the stalls.

Lyons and Colin Keane might also score with Bilderberg in the seven-furlong conditions race, following its odds-on defeat in an unsatisfactory event here earlier in the month.

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