Friday 13 December 2019

Uaintseenothingyet worth short journey for Geraghty

Barry Geraghty (SPORTSFILE)
Barry Geraghty (SPORTSFILE)

Richard Forristal

Barry Geraghty will make the short journey from his home in Ratoath to Fairyhouse for just one mount and the former dual champion should make it a winning visit aboard Uaintseenothingyet.

Trained by Eddie Harty, who also has just one runner on this low-key card and is on course for his best numerical season, Uaintseenothingyet tackles 15 others in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle. It isn't a bad race.

Gordon Elliott's Space Cadet is already something of an open book, frustratingly finishing second in his last three hurdle outings and also in a bumper, having won in that sphere at Leopardstown just over a year ago.

In contrast, Burgas, the apparent Gigginstown Stud first string with Bryan Cooper up, is a Willie Mullins-trained French import making its Irish debut.

As ever with a horse possessing such a profile for these connections, Burgas has the potential to be anything. He could be a real threat to Uaintseenothingyet, but the promise of the selection's latest run at Naas is hard to ignore.

Unfancied according to the market, the Yeats gelding kept on nicely to be third behind decent sorts in Hurry Henry and Fairly Legal. If he runs to a similar level or better now, he should justify nap billing.

Asthuria, another of Mullins's Gallic imports, might be the one to keep on side under Ruby Walsh in the mares' maiden hurdle, while Cooper and Gigginstown might take the opening beginners' chase with Altiepix.

Gordon Elliott's six-year-old is no flying machine, but he showed enough on his Punchestown fencing bow when third to Pleasant Company to suggest that he could be good enough for a race as modest as this.

The combination of Patrick and Mags Mullins for the well-bred She's Otto will doubtless be of interest to many punters in the bumper, but preferred is Sam Curling's Derrygereen GirL. Third to Dani Theatre at Thurles in November, she should strip fitter now.

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