CHAMPAYNE LADY (Alan Fleming) Not the main stable fancy but ran a cracker when a close second in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle. Clear prospects next time, particularly if switched back to racing against her own sex.
EAGLE LION (Patrick Kelly) Connections have shown great patience with this eight year old, originally bought in France four years ago, and they are reaping their just reward now. This easy winner of a two and a half miles Punchestown maiden hurdle could quickly climb the ratings.
GALLANT JOHN JOE (Oliver McKiernan) There was quiet confidence behind the Land Rover Bumper fourth despite his long absence at Naas last Sunday. Yet, despite a prominent early showing, he couldn’t handle the heavy ground at all. Should make his mark at the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals in the Spring.
LAURINA (Willie Mullins) The Mares Novice at Cheltenham is on the agenda for this lady who took the Solerina Mares Novice by storm. Bags of ability, pace to burn but needs to polish up on her jumping.
MOULIN A VENT (Noel Meade) Stays longer than the mother in law, but while stamina wise the four miler should be his Cheltenham target, in truth he has no business going to the Cotswolds as his jumping is far too erratic. Has a good attitude though and will continue to win races.
SAYO (Willie Mullins) Made hard work of winning his maiden hurdle. A mistake at the third last didn’t help, and Paul Townend had to switch him around more than once amid some traffic congestion. But they got there, and better ground and a longer trip will help in the future.
STOWAWAY FOREVER (Philip Dempsey) A brother to Champagne Fever and while he will never scale the same dizzy heights as his sibling, he did look a shade unlucky in a handicap hurdle at Naas. Likely to make amends in a similar contest next time.
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