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Friday 19 January 2018

Truckers Delight looks ready to make amends for Hanlon

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Truckers Delight can atone for what appeared to be a slightly unlucky defeat at Galway on Tuesday when he tackles the Connaught Tribune Chase on the last day of the Ballybrit festival tomorrow.

Having looked poised to lay down a challenge under Andrew McNamara that day, Shark Hanlon's 10-year-old had the stuffing knocked out of him by a bad blunder at the final fence.

Whether the mistake cost him victory or not is difficult to say, but it certainly cost him valuable momentum.

He plugged on for fourth at the end of the two-mile-six-furlong contest, a race that he also finished third in last year before taking fourth in today's corresponding heat.

If he is none the worse for those exertions,Truckers Delight should go very close now under visiting jockey Conor O'Farrell, who has twice scored on him before.

That said, this is a competitive renewal. The in-form Salesin comes here on the back of a resounding Wexford success, but, off a mark of 133, he doesn't look especially well treated on his handicap debut over fences in this country.

The Galway Plate fifth Scotsirish must be respected, while Norther Bay is running as stoutly as he has done for some time. A faller when in contention at Fairyhouse at Easter, Eoin Griffin's gelding sluiced up at Listowel in June.

In the day's other chase, the Galway Bay FM-sponsored beginners' event, Regal D'estruval stands out.


Representing the trainer-jockey partnership of Jim Culloty and Tom Doyle -- both of whom are now Galway Hurdle-winning riders -- the Dr Ronan Lambe-owned six-year-old is having his fourth start over fences.

Successful in a Roscommon maiden hurdle last year, Regal D'estruval has shown respectable form in each of his three previous tries, and this isn't going to take much winning.

Fool's Wildcat is the pick of the rest, but was well behind the selection when they finished second and ninth respectively at Tramore in June.

Also fancied are the Dermot Weld-trained pair Force Of Habit and Comedic Art. With Pat Smullen on duty in Germany, Leigh Roche takes five valuable pounds off both.

In the Trappers Inn Handicap, Roche's claim is especially beneficial in light of Force Of Habit's 10st burden.

Comedic Art's task is difficult to evaluate in the maiden that follows, but the Dansili filly shaped promisingly when third at Down Royal last week.

At Cork, Compelling is the day's nap selection in the six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds.

David Wachman's Limerick winner ran a blinder to be second in a decent event on its handicap debut at Roscommon subsequently and she has since been put up a pound.

However, Seamus Cronin's 10lb claim more than compensates for that.

It will also be fascinating to see how Alanza fares now that she steps up to a mile from six furlongs in the Listed race.

Beaten in unsatisfactory circumstances on both of her starts this term, John Oxx's filly should be more comfortable over this trip.

Irish Independent

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