Watch – Davy Russell
will end a 55-day absence from the weigh room when pulling on the boots for
five mounts at Navan tomorrow, all for trainer Gordon Elliott.
maestro has been sidelined for the best part of two months as a number of old
injuries flared up and needed time to heal properly ahead of the return of the
quality horses to the track. With the likes of Presenting Percy, Delta Work and
Tiger Roll to look forward to, it makes sense to be fighting fit at the right
champion had enjoyed a quick start to the campaign, and is still third on the
championship table with 28 winners, despite his lengthy absence.
(1.45), Song Of Namibia (2.20), The Abbey (2.25), Lethal Steps (3.30) and Cats
For Cash (4.05) represent the opportunities to get the ball rolling again
quickly. When the Russell-Elliott pair get going, fireworks can be expected and
if it doesn’t happen tomorrow, it will soon.
Watch 1 – Colm Murphy
Colm Murphy is
a multiple Cheltenham Festival-winning handler, responsible for Champion
Hurdler Brave Inca and Champion Chaser Big Zeb, as well as other elite
performers such as Voler La Vedette, Quito de la Roque and Feathard Lady.
Tutored by six
years spent with Aidan O’Brien, he struck out on his own in 2000 to phenomenal
success but after a lean period, handed in his licence in 2016. He retained an
involvement in the core of the industry however by producing young horses and
after building up a team of promising stores and novices, jumped in at the deep
end once more earlier this year.
his first runner back, finishing eighth in a Cork bumper in July, while Space
Capacity was down the field in a maiden hurdle at Tramore last month. The
six-year-old son of Scorpion returns to the fold in the Bar One Racing Download
The App Maiden Hurdle (1.45) at Navan tomorrow, with Brian Hayes doing the
It will take a
little time for the Gorey conditioner to get going as he slowly introduces his
neophytes to action, but given his undoubted ability once in possession of the
artillery, it seems only a matter of time before the gap to his last winner –
Killiney Court in Ballinrobe on August 23rd, 2016 – is bridged.
Watch 2 – Andy Slattery
The man from
Cooldine made his name through the point-to-point field, where he produced an
RSA Chase winner named after the home parish but bettered that with his
education of future Champion Hurdle hero Faugheen.
At that point,
there seemed little prospect of Meadowview Stables mixing it with the might of
Ballydoyle (Aidan O’Brien), Rosewell House (Dermot Weld) and Glebe House (Jim
Bolger) on the summer Flat circuit but that is where Andy Slattery is now.
Like many, he
has found a niche as a seller of juveniles and so it invariably pays not to
oppose his two-year-olds. With that in mind, Sarwin is an interesting entry in
the colours of the trainer’s wife Mary in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction
Maiden (6.15) at Dundalk tonight. The couple’s son Andrew has enjoyed a
brilliant season and the five-pound claimer will be legged up by his father.
Sure to come on for the run, we can expect a strong showing nonetheless.
proven capable of landing major handicaps too and is double-handed in the
€50,000 Manguard Plus Joe McGrath Handicap (2.35) over a frantic five furlongs
at the Curragh tomorrow. Cityman is a triple winner this term and is certainly
bred for the job as a son of Slade Power. Slattery Jnr is in the plate. Emadee hasn’t
been seen since April but is off a very nice mark and has Rory Cleary for
It is a
highly-competitive affair, as it should be with such a pot and Urban Beat, Make
A Challenge, Verhoyen, Angelic Light and Aurora Eclipse are others likely to be
in contention if the gaps open up in the final two furlongs.