Sunday 17 December 2017

Call The Police fits the bill at Gowran

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

WILLIE MULLINS can continue his irresistible run of form by taking today's beginners' chase at Gowran Park with Call The Police.

Courtesy of a winner's pot of €11,040, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF-sponsored contest is the most valuable prize on offer at the Co Kilkenny track.

Granted a clear round, the champion trainer's fencing debutant will surely be in the mix at the death, as few of these would have operated at the level that he did over flights.

A game runner-up to stablemate Final Approach in the MCR Hurdle on its first start for more than a year in January, Call The Police subsequently accounted for some useful sorts with ease in a Punchestown conditions race.

He then struggled on much better ground in decent handicaps at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring, but none of today's rivals can boast anything like his current profile.

While Aitmatov was once a classy hurdler, he hasn't been at his best for some time, and Gates Of Rome has passed up opportunities similar to this in the past. Back on the soft going that he enjoys, then, Call The Police can land the nap under Paul Townend.

Also fancied is Minor Power in the subsequent Irish Racing Yearbook Handicap Chase.

The presence of numerous form horses among the 18 runners should ensure that this will be a competitive affair.

Thurles winner Supreme Builder turns out under a 6lb penalty for John 'Shark' Hanlon and Brian Hayes, with Lismakeery and Onzo Mor also seeking to supplement a win. However, Jim Dreaper's Minor Power appeals as an improver, having come well clear of the rest when second to Miss Pepperpot at Naas two weeks ago.

The Philip Fenton-trained On My Own, which scored in taking fashion on Thursday, is expected to defy his penalty under Brian O'Connell in the two-mile handicap hurdle, while Cash And Go gets the nod in an intriguing four-year-old hurdle.

Spring Heeled and Jenari are respected here, but the Paul Townend-ridden mud-lover should win if he reproduces the performance that saw him sluice up at Wexford last month.

Irish Independent

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