Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 November 2019

Trust Hurricane Fly to prove his stamina

Waydownsouth and Matthew Bowes part company in yesterday’s opener at Punchestown, bringing down favourite Oscar Knight
Waydownsouth and Matthew Bowes part company in yesterday’s opener at Punchestown, bringing down favourite Oscar Knight

Davy Condon

If Hurricane Fly settles in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle, I think he will win.

He was always a keen little horse but he has settled much better in recent years. Funnily enough, I think Willie Mullins felt he was a little too keen for his own good at Cheltenham last month, but they went no gallop that day.

They tend to go pretty hard in this three-miler. If they do, you'd have to give Hurricane Fly the benefit of the doubt. He is the class horse in the race, and he has already beaten Jezki six times. Jezki can race pretty keenly as well, and his chance would be further compromised if the rain gets into the ground.

Thousand Stars could run into the places at a price, but the one that might give Hurricane Fly most to do is Dedigout. He is cracking horse that loves a proper test, so he will keep them all honest.

The Ryanair Chase should be a formality for Un De Sceaux. If he jumps round, he wins. He is that good. Smashing ran a blinder over further at Fairyhouse last time and he was an honest second to Un De Sceaux at Fairyhouse earlier in the season. The trip will be on the sharp side for him but he might be the one for the forecast.

I fancy Uranna to turn the tables on Lyrical Theatre in the mares' race. She just might be more suited to two miles and Ruby Walsh has opted for her, which is significant.

Storm Away appeals as an each-way option. She ran brilliantly under a big weight on her return from a short lay-off at Limerick. If she comes on for the outing, she might not be too far away.

Willie and Ruby could win the three-mile handicap hurdle as well with Pleasant Company. He was just run out of it at Cork on his handicap debut, but he is unexposed.

In the handicap chase, Ned Buntline will take a bit of beating. He was unlucky to fall at Aintree when he was running well, and Paul Carberry gets a great tune out of him. Although he has been to Cheltenham and Aintree, he hasn't had a hard season. If he enjoys a bit of luck this time, his quality should prevail.

Quantitativeeasing is another JP McManus runner that will take plenty stopping in the cross-country race. He would have gone very close at Cheltenham but for being pushed out, and he has Nina Carberry up again here. There isn't anyone better over the banks.

In the opening handicap hurdle, Call Me PJ is a horse that I like. Oliver McKiernan's eight-year-old won a maiden hurdle at Navan and he ran well for a long way on his handicap debut at Fairyhouse.

He has run well on the Flat since then, so he is in decent shape. On Call Me PJ's hurdle debut, he finished fourth in the maiden hurdle that Blair Perrone won at Leopardstown, and when he won at Navan, I thought he showed a bit of quality.

He should improve for his Fairyhouse outing, so he ought to give you a run for your money at decent odds.

Condon's Call

3.40 Call Me PJ

4.20 Ned Buntline

4.55 Quantitativeeasing (Nap)

5.30 Hurricane Fly

6.05 Pleasant Company

6.40 Un De Sceaux

7.15 Uranna

7.45 Newsworthy

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