Wednesday 21 March 2018

Tyner-Enright partnership can stay solid as a Rock in Clonmel

Jockey Philip Enright has hit 25 wins for the third year in a row. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Jockey Philip Enright has hit 25 wins for the third year in a row. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The increasingly potent Robert Tyner-Philip Enright axis is trusted to land this evening's Clonmel nap with Carrigmoorna Rock in the mares' maiden hurdle.

Kinsale-based Tyner has just rounded off his best season to date, finishing eighth in the trainers' table ahead of some distinguished names with 27 winners. His brilliantly reliable stable jockey clocked out with 25, the third year in a row that he has hit that mark.

Both men are already among the winners this term, and combine for three with live chances tonight. Carrigmoorna Rock, successful in a bumper and point-to-point already, is the pick.

The King's Theatre six-year-old lost out narrowly after a ding-dong battle with Willie Mullins' fancied debutant Morning Run in a valuable fillies' bumper at Punchestown. That form has held up really well in the meantime, so she is fancied to score on her hurdle bow.

Colin Bowe's Mollyanna is the main danger. Andrew McNamara's mount has the benefit of an outing over flights, finishing a commendable second to Chute Hall at Killarney, but Carrigmoorna Rock might just edge this in terms of quality.

Tyner's fellow Rebel County handler Mick Winters also saddles a decent mare in the shape of Silver Chief. His versatile grey tackles the €10,000 handicap hurdle, having won nicely on the Flat at Limerick prior to again going close here earlier in the month.

She switches back to flights now for a first time since December, and has the scope to add to last year's Sligo maiden success, with Jody McGarvey's five-pound claim a big plus. Edward O'Grady and Barry Geraghty might take the two-mile maiden hurdle with Reflet Ambre, a relatively modest sort that has shown enough to stand out in what is a dire contest.

In the bumper, Ballintotty Boy gets the nod for local handler Harry Kelly. Placed in two of its three starts already, the Oscar gelding should be hard to beat in another weak race.

Irish Independent

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