Tuesday 17 July 2018

Rookie trainer Robbie McNamara has Chadic fired up for Galway

Trainer Robbie McNamara (left)
Trainer Robbie McNamara (left)

Robbie McNamara made a blistering start to his training career when his first runner Chadic was a winner and the same horse runs in the valuable Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap over an extended two miles at Galway on Monday evening.

McNamara won the race, restricted to amateur jockeys, twice in the saddle and is expecting a big run from the former John Ferguson inmate.

A scorer over hurdles last time out at Cork, McNamara hopes that will have rekindled his fire on the Flat.

"He was rated 100 once upon a time for Mark Johnston and wasn't beaten far by Highland Reel," said the rookie handler.

"He's on off a good mark on 81 and I hope running him over hurdles will have woken him up.

"We had him through the stalls the other day no problem and he should be fitter. I've booked Steven Crawford but he retired two months ago until I badgered him to ride, but this is definitely his last ride.

"I won it twice as a jockey and I'd love to win it again. I've got four runners through the week and I'm looking forward to it."

The 2014 Irish Cambridgeshire winner Sretaw steps up markedly in trip.

Trained by Gavin Cromwell, the seven-year-old mare is bred for extreme distances on the level but has spent the majority of her career racing over a mile.

"It's obviously a huge step up in trip for her," said Cromwell.

"I thought she stayed a mile-and-five well enough the other day and she is actually bred to stay two miles plus.

"Obviously, she's won a Cambridgeshire but these days she needs further. The trip is unknown but she should run a good race. "

Synopsis, a lightly-raced four-year-old filly, got off the mark for Ger Lyons in a nine-furlong maiden at the Curragh last October.

An extended mile-and-three handicap was then secured on her reappearance at Roscommon in May.

A sixth-place finish in the Cork Derby preceded a step up in trip for a two-mile handicap at the Curragh, where she could make no impression in 10th.

However, this fiercely competitive 80,000 euro feature is expected to show the 81-rated filly in a good light.

Assistant trainer Shane Lyons said: "The trip shouldn't be a problem. She just got caught back in the Curragh that day. "

The sole British-trained runner in the race is Brian Ellison's Always Resolute, who has not been out of the first three in five outings on the Flat this season.

He is also a decent hurdler and was not disgraced in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April.

Always Resolute will be ridden at Galway by JJ Slevin.

"He was a bit unlucky last time out at Musselburgh," said Ellison.

"They went no pace, which doesn't suit him, and he still nearly won. Also, the ground was plenty quick enough for him there - he's at his best with a bit more cut. "

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