Monday 11 December 2017

Watching Brief

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

THERE were a raft of interesting races at Naas this day last week, but few horses caught the eye in defeat as much as Home Farm.

Arthur Moore's Presenting six-year-old was having a first run since taking third in the Irish Grand National and confirmed the impression that he is a smashing chasing prospect by finishing third to Rupert Lamb and Dylan Ross over their favoured two-mile trip.

His Fairyhouse beginners' chase win in February has also been franked nicely by the well-held runner-up White Star Line, so it will be intriguing to see where Moore points him now.

Off a mark of 142, Moore needs to choose Home Farm's targets carefully, but you'd imagine that if he is campaigned with Fairyhouse's Easter feature in mind again, he would return there a serious contender.

Indeed, Home Farm looks tailor-made for a crack at the Aintree Grand National some day. The only question is surely whether it will be in 2014 or 2015, as he has so far run just five times over fences.

Irish Independent

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