Mr Diablo gives Dempseys another big chance

Friday, Dec 7 2018

Father and son Philip and Luke Dempsey have bright prospects of landing a valuable handicap for a second successive weekend as Mr Diablo lines up in Navan’s Foxrock Handicap Chase.

The duo struck at Fairyhouse last Sunday when Dinnie’s Vinnie made all for an ultra-tough victory in the 1800 624 524 Telebetting Bar One Racing Porterstown Handicap Chase.

Mr Diablo already has a Grade B handicap chase win to his credit at Leopardstown last year, and ran a cracker at this venue last month when beating all bar Tout Est Permis in the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase.

The drop back to two and a half miles should suit the nine-year-old, although there are plenty of dangers among his 16 rivals on Saturday.

De Name Escapes Me has shown smart handicap form over hurdles this season and switches to fences off an attractive mark, while the lightly-raced Goose Man is another interesting contender.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Chase has attracted a small but select field of five runners, and course-and-distance winner Us And Them represents the in-form Joseph O’Brien.

The Stowaway gelding jumped well when making all here last month, and the form of that race has been advertised since.

Ben Dundee would be an appropriate winner, sporting the Klairon Davis colours of the Jones family, and the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding also impressed when opening his chase account at Punchestown.

Envious Editor and Eclair de Beaufeu are two strong players among a maximum field of 30 runners in the opening Kells Maiden Hurdle, while Bacardys’ half-brother Dionysis makes his debut in the Hotel Park In St Johann Tirol Austria Flat Race.

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