AUVERGNAT (Enda Bolger) Won a very exciting cross country buckle at Fairyhouse with stablemate Josies Orders and both are clearly on course for Cheltenham. Cantlow will join the Bolger team though he had to miss this prep race due to coughing. Gordon Elliott is bringing a formidable team also and they schooled at Cheltenham last weekend.
CARTWRIGHT (Gordon Elliott) Won a Naas maiden hurdle with considerable authority. The High Chaparral gelding would probably be even better on decent ground. He could pick up some nice pots on the flat too, with the Chester Cup a possible target.
CHAMPAGNE LADY (Alan Fleming) Has featured in these notes before and was a decisive winner at Fairyhouse on Wednesday. She’ll compete in the Mares Novice at Cheltenham and is entitled to do so. The better the ground, the better she will run.
FLEMENSTAR (Edward Cawley) A bit keen and ridden with considerable restraint when a staying on second in a Fairyhouse handicap chase. He is better over hurdles and crying out for three miles.
HARDLINE (Gordon Elliott) Possibly fortunate to score last weekend when Riders Onthe Storm blundered badly two out. Was travelling well for Davy Russell at the time anyway, and is clearly useful. His future is over the bigger obstacles but he looks well up to a Grade 2 or 3 success over hurdles later this season.
GILGAMBOA (Enda Bolger) Seems back to near his best and battled back well to beat highly regarded younger rival the Cheltenham Foxhunters bound Burning Ambition. Bolger’s horse will not be going to the Cotswolds, instead it’s Gowran Park next and then the Foxhunters at Aintree.
KEROSIN (James McAuley) Though a 9/1 to 14’s drifter on track, plenty of fancy prices were hoovered up each way both overnight and in the morning markets. Impressive winner Cartwright steamrolled everything else, but he did take third having been prominent throughout and was possibly unlucky not to finish second. Looks a winner in waiting.
* NO ONE COMES NEAR… Yet again only one tipster in these islands knew about what trade publications are calling the “BIGGEST GAMBLE OF THE SEASON” as the Charles Byrnes’ trained Balliniska Band won doing handstands on his debut at Naas last Saturday.
Hammered in from 11/4 to 11/8 jolly on track, Declan’s Irish Racing Service tipped him up at 8/1 that morning!
Other gems last weekend were Reckless Lad 11/2 (won 10/3) and Wishmoor 11/4.
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