Tombstone: is going searching for his 9th occupation win at Kilbeggan on Saturday night time
Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/footage)
Joe Cooney Memorial Hurdle | 2m4f | 4yo+ | RTV
Gordon Elliott’s eight-time winner Tombstone, who completed 3rd within the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown final Christmas, is also the most efficient horse on reveal at Kilbeggan however Ciaran Murphy, assistant to native handler Dot Love, is hopeful of turning over the most probably favorite with Flindt.
A prior path winner, Flindt did not care for the bottom on the Galway competition in step with Murphy, who believes the forecast rain will have to convey the four-year-old into the combo.
Murphy mentioned: “We put a line via his Galway run as a result of the bottom – I if truth be told did not realise it was once as fast because it was once – however the entirety will have to be in his favour right here. He likes the observe and the rain that is falling will assist.
“It is a respectable race and we are hoping to get again heading in the right direction with him. Confidently he will be bang there within the body.”
Tombstone comes right here off the again of a no-show within the Galway Hurdle however is fitted with first-time cheekpieces and connections have opted to make use of Fergus Gregory, who claims a at hand 5lb off the 138-rated hurdler’s again.
Elliott could also be represented through Westland Row, a up to date newcomers chase winner on the observe, whilst Henry de Bromhead’s Conrad Hastings, who has additionally struck two times right here, is reverting to hurdles following a deficient show over fences at Wexford.
Drumcliff, a past due absentee from the Galway Plate final week because of a temperature, could have his first run since choosing up an harm in that race final summer season and makes his solid debut for brand new teacher Aidan Howard.
Talking about his probabilities, Frank Berry, racing supervisor to JP McManus, mentioned: “He were given a foul harm within the Galway Plate final 12 months and that is his first run again. We would be hoping for a pleasing transparent spherical and that he comes again protected and sound. It is a great place to begin for him.”
Flirting Lesa is more likely to move off the outsider of the six however her teacher Patrick Hayes, brother to Flat jockey Chris, has warned towards brushing aside his runner.
He mentioned: “I in reality assume she’ll run a large race. If she will get to the entrance she might be laborious to go. She did not smash neatly sufficient at the Flat however she’s rather well and if she does not win, I might be dissatisfied if she wasn’t 2nd or 3rd.”
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