English Pale carries Holian’s hopes at Tipperary

Wednesday, May 22 2019

County Galway owner Basil Holian is hoping English Pale can ride his winning wave at Tipperary.

Steve Mahon has care of English Pale for Holian – and Keith Donoghue, who rode the Elusive Pimpernel gelding at Sligo last time, will be aboard the six-year-old again on Thursday evening.

English Pale must shoulder top-weight in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle – and will need to leave behind some uninspiring form figures – but there are reasons to think that better can be forthcoming.

After the Mahon runner’s most recent effort, Donoghue reported his mount “ran too free” in first-time blinkers when eventually coming home ninth, after showing up prominently for much of that April 28 assignment.

The blinkers are retained – but over-exuberance may not present a problem this time, as English Pale drops back four furlongs to two miles.

Holian has sampled success in the past with the likes of the Jessica Harrington-trained High Stratos – but this spring it was on the coursing field that his greyhound Rumour Has It bagged the biggest prize in the sport, the BoyleSports Derby at Clonmel.

Watchman then also provided Holian with victory in the Irish Cup, at Greenmount Park in Limerick – to give him a rare ownership double with his greyhounds.

Steve Mahon’s other hope on the seven-race card, Feisty Madam (ridden by Ryan Treacy), has an each-way chance as she goes up in trip for the big-field three miler – the Tipperary Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.

Gigginstown House Stud have definite claims in the featured Go Racing Student Society Handicap Hurdle – in which they are two-handed with last-time-out winners Cut Em Down and Acronym.

Elsewhere on the card, impressive Kilbeggan scorer Botani headlines the Racing Again June 14th Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race – a closing event full of interesting types and sure to prove informative.

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