Saturday 20 January 2018

Point-to point

The mares maiden at Boulta has produced Bluesea Cracker, Askanna and Our Victoria in recent years and this year it looks as strong as ever.

Colin Bowe won both divisions last season and has a live chance again this time around with Maralin casualty Kevin Fancy, although preference here goes to Printing Polly.

Pat Doyle can take the four-year-old geldings maiden with Dromahane runner-up Gleann Na Ndochais, while the five-year-old geldings can go to another recent Dromahane runner-up in Hall Pence, which can see off Salsify to score.

Media Queen and Nanos Witness stand out in the mares Open, while Tammys Hill has to overcome the journey from Newry, but on paper, he is the one they have to beat.

Twelve races look likely at Lisronagh where 243 entries were received. Fair Of Cappamore and Broadbackbob stand out in the five-year-old geldings, which will surely divide and if this pair can avoid each other they could both score.

Top Twig is hard to oppose in the Open. Dessie Hughes can take the six-year-old geldings maiden with Sporting Theme, while Bell On Bike is the one to beat in the last.

Number of the Week

11 There has been a change to the start time at Lisronagh tomorrow owing to the large entry and the likelihood of multiple divides, so racegoers are advised to get on the road an hour earlier than initially expected. The first race is now due to be run at 11.0.

Horse To Follow

Lowparklad showed an impressive turn of foot in the latter stages at Lingstown on Sunday and Willie Codd's youngster must be considered a likely track winner in the near future.

Weekend Selection

Printing Polly looked to be in control when falling two out at Ballydarragh last time and can go close in the opener at Boulta tomorrow.



West Waterford at Boulta 11.30 Tipperary at Lisronagh 11.0.

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