Elliott charge bids to light up Friday night at Kilbeggan

Friday, Apr 21 2017

Fridaynightlights goes for his second win in the space of less than a week in the Summer Party Pack Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan.

The five-year-old was making his first appearance for title-chasing trainer Gordon Elliott at Fairyhouse on Sunday and came with a strong run to land a competitive novice handicap.

He has been bumped up 10lb for it and if that proves beyond him, there are plenty of worthy adversaries, not least L'Attesa, who struck at Down Royal on St Patrick's Day, and Veronica's Napkin, who makes her handicap debut for Henry de Bromhead on the back of a break.

De Bromhead should have high hopes for Show And Go in the Sean Hughes Memorial Handicap Chase.

A model of consistency this campaign, he is expected to be much happier back over fences after failing to capitalise on a comparatively lenient timber figure at Tramore.

Ontopoftheworld, Stonehall Jack and Dawerann might be the ones to give him most to think about.

Of those with official ratings in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase, Isabella Liberty has the highest but she was behind Leaders Questions when Robert Tyner's charge was second in a Limerick handicap recently and will do well to reverse the form.

The action gets under way at 5.00 with the Follow Kilbeggan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle, in which Joseph O'Brien's useful all-weather performer Udogo has another crack at jumping and takes on Willie Mullins' Kolumbus.

The Elliott-trained Icario fell in the Fred Winter and then let down favourite-backers when his sights were lowered at Downpatrick, but there will be plenty who keep the faith for the Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Maiden Hurdle.

His stablemate Coeur De Beauchene has been costly to follow but is still the one to beat in the Loughnagore Flat Race, while Prince Garyantle attempts to supplement his recent Tramore success in the Mullingar Handicap Hurdle.



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