Tattersalls Farm staged a bumper card on Sunday with Tell Us More running out the impressive three length winner of the Four Year Old Maiden for trainer Willie Codd. Ridden by the trainers brother Jamie the son of Scorpion was held up for much of the contest and having been badly hampered at the second last he ran on well late on to quicken clear. The gelding was a relatively expensive purchase at Goffs in June 2012 and he will go through the ring at Brightwells this coming Friday.
Harry Kelly has made a name for himself with his bumper performers on the track but it was with the twice raced mare Springbelle that he shone in the Mares Maiden at Tattersalls Farm last Sunday. The five year old daughter of Golan had two outings last season, firstly when finishing a good third behind Shantou Shine at Laurencetown and then two weeks later when a disappointing seventh behind Bartlemy. The bay mare has evidently strengthened up over the Summer and she easily came clear of her fourteen rivals here under Pat King and looks capable of making an impact in staying races on the track.
The second meeting in Ireland last weekend came at the Avaune track in County Cork where Rodger Sweeney’s Corporate Box finally broke her maiden at the sixth attempt having finished second three times and third once. The daughter of Witness Box had made an exceptionally promising debut at Killeagh back in January when beaten just a neck by Dashing Lady who’s been competitive in maiden hurdles on the track since. A bad blunder had cost her many lengths when pulled up on her next outing at Tallow and the errors nearly came back to haunt the Colman Sweeney ridden mare here as she was five clear when making a mistake at the second last. Corporate Box looks like a useful staying prospect though she has plenty of speed and looks more than capable of registering a success on the track this winter for her current trainer.
Racing Pulse is unlikely to be much of a price for his hurdling debut for new trainer John Quinn but he’s worth keeping an eye on for the future in the novice hurdle. The son of Garuda was previously trained by Mick Winters for whom he was a pointing winner back in May and a bumper winner by fourteen lengths at Naas in October. Subsequently sold privately for a large amount he has joined a shrewd yard who look sure to have their eyes on Cheltenham with their new recruit.
Down at Taunton The Rattler O’Brien makes his second start for trainer Martin Hill in the staying Handicap Hurdle. The gelding scored easily at Wincanton in October on his first outing since leaving Andrew Pennock having been successful in all three of his pointing starts in the UK and runner-up in a Hunter Chase at Fontwell back in May. The seven year old son of Beneficial has been put up just seven pounds for his latest cheeky win and with the extra distance likely to suit he looks likely to prove tough to beat for his shrewd trainer.
Lienosus had looked a useful hurdler last season when placed behind Wonderful Charm and Clondaw Kaempfer at Chepstow and Haydock respectively and he looks likely to go well should he be declared for the handicap hurdle over three miles at Bangor this Friday. The Evan Williams-trained son of Old Vic scored on two of his four pointing starts in 2011/12 and ran well when third behind Timesremembered in a Grade 2 novices event at Chepstow on his first outing since falling heavily on handicap debut at the Grand National meeting back in April.
Padge was an expensive purchase for the Evan Williams yard earlier this year having seen off the now 135 rated hurdler Very Wood on his debut at Punchestown’s point-to-point course back in February. That form looks strong with the third winning a point and scoring on his hurdling debut at Towcester last month and the fourth shaping well in a couple of hot looking novice hurdles having broken his maiden at the fourth attempt between the flags. The half a mile drop back in trip looks unlikely to inconvenience him and he should be capable of making his mark up against other pointing winners such as River Clare, Master Dee, Onenightinvienna and Desoto Count in the concluding bumper at Bangor.
Udo’s Choice is the sole horse of any real interest racing in the regulation races this coming Friday with Philip Rothwell’s charge engaged in a handicap hurdle at Downpatrick. The five year old son of Presenting has looked assured of a maiden point success at some point this Autumn having finished third twice and second once from four starts. The gelding made his latest appearance at Lisronagh on the opening day of the month when taking a fall when looking booked for a place at best behind Final Pass on good ground. Having run behind decent looking prospects like Otago Trail thus far this season a mark of 85 doesn’t look unreasonable for him despite his poor performance off a higher mark when a seemingly unfancied 33/1 chance at Kilbeggan on his handicap debut back in July.
Both James and Sam Cavallaro have received positive mentions in this column during the winter and they could line up in the Hunters Chase that wraps up the Downpatrick card this Friday. The two at the top of the weights Ibetellingyoualie and Loch Dara finished first and second in the Wexford Hunters Chase last month with the latter getting the better of last seasons Clonmel winner in a competitive affair. James saw off a fair field in impressive fashion at Maralin on yielding to soft and as such was value for a fair bit more than the two and a half length success that he officially recorded. The son of Jimble has now won both of his starts since finishing third to El Grande on debut at Loughanmore in April and a Hunter Chase of this nature would look to be within his grasp. Sam Cavallaro would appear to need fast ground to be seen at his best and as such David Christie’s charge must be rated an unlikely runner should the Northern Ireland track receive any more rain. His last two wins (from three in total) have both come on good to firm ground with his winners success at Cregg in October representing an improvement on his fifth to Adamstown on good to yielding on his second run of the season. Subsequently placed in a weak Open race at Ballinaboola in which only four completed he looks likely to play a hand should the course dry out.
Dreamy George recorded his first success of the season in a point at Cottenham on the opening day of the month and he holds an entry in the 2m3f Novices Chase at Doncaster this weekend. Dreamy George could face the likes of Fox Appeal, Funny Star, Simply Ned and Ahyaknowyerself who are all rated in the high 130’s or 140’s over fences with the likes of Karinga Dancer, Open Hearted and Up And Go amongst the useful hurdlers also entered for the event. The drop back in trip looks likely to suit John Ferguson’s son of Goldmark and while he disappointed when last seen over regulation fences behind Penmore Mill in a Hunter Chase at Fakenham in March he looks worth keeping an eye on in this, though his future looks likely to lie in handicaps.
Man With Van represents the James form that could be on show at Downpatrick on Friday given the pair competed in the same Winners event at Maralin last month. Stuart Crawford’s charge was having his second outing between the flags having taken a Taylorstown Maiden on soft ground back in May but he got no further than the ninth fence last month and is another who is worth keeping an eye on his rules debut here while Enjoy Responsibly looks a more likely sort having taken a Lisronagh Maiden on good to firm ground last season. The underfoot conditions are a concern for the four year old son of Flemensfirth but he’s been entered up a number of times in recent weeks and Henry De Bromhead looks unlikely to run his charge unless underfoot conditions suit the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding.
The final pre-Christmas pointing meetings of the season take place this coming weekend with a 10:30am start at Dromahane in County Cork this Sunday being the sole fixture in Ireland while in the UK the action takes place at opposite ends of the country with Alnwick in Northumberland and Wadebridge in Cornwall staging meetings.