Tyner holds aces with Its The Ice I Like
On one of the more important cards for point-to-pointers at Gowran Park this afternoon, pointing kingpin Robert Tyner can deliver the nap selection with Its The Ice I Like.
The seven-race spread concludes with the Tetratema Cup and a bumper that is confined to those that have been operating between the flags, but it is the older horses' maiden hurdle that Tyner's JP McManus-owned seven-year-old tackles.
Chinned by Abou Ben in a maiden hurdle at Navan, Its The Ice I Like failed to fully see out the two-and-a-half-mile trip when third to Changing Times at Fairyhouse in January.
With Changing Times hacking up off 111 in a handicap in the meantime and the fourth home also since a winner, Philip Enright's mount is hard to oppose now that he reverts to the minimum trip once again.
The day's feature event is the €37,500 Shamrock Chase, a handicap that numbers last year's Irish Grand National hero Organisedconfusion among its 11-strong field. Also on duty is the hat-trick seeking mare Lead Kindly Light, but top weight Follow The Plan could be the one.
Fourth in the Hennessy Gold Cup, Oliver McKiernan's nine-year-old is the class horse in the race. While he has to concede weight all round under Tom Doyle, with the ground as it is, the drop to two and a quarter miles should be to his advantage.
In the opening maiden, Don Leone is preferred over Cause Of Causes, a brother to the Derby winner Kris Kin that was in retreat when crashing out over course and distance on his hurdling bow.
John Halley's Don Leone, a reasonable stayer on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien, finished second here on his only previous try and ought to improve for that experience.
As for the Tetratema Cup, Viking Splash can land the spoils for John 'Shark' Hanlon and Katie Walsh for a second year in a row, while Torn Asunder -- representing Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry -- gets the nod in the bumper that First Lieutenant landed in 2010.
A €125,000 purchase, the Presenting gelding won at Bennettsbridge just two weeks ago.