Irish Saint can set a good example with Kempton success
Irish Saint can take advantage of his falling mark by bagging the glory in the BetBright Chase at Kempton today. Rated 153 at the end of his novice season in 2014-15, Irish Saint boasts some excellent bits of form having finished fourth in the Ryanair and third in the Mildmay during that campaign.
Trainer Paul Nicholls was forced to rule him out of the following campaign through injury and he only returned to the fray at Cheltenham in October.
Fifth over hurdles on that return, Irish Saint then fell short when upped to Listed company over three miles back over fences at Ascot and again at Sandown at the beginning of this month.
It would be easy to merely say he just does not get three miles, but if his stamina is to be eked out anywhere, Kempton would be the place.
The handicapper has eased Irish Saint another couple of pounds for his Sandown eclipse and his current perch of 146 makes the eight-year-old an attractive prospect indeed.
CHEPSTOW: 1.55 Forza Milan, 2.30 Missed Approach, 3.05 The Gipper, 3.40 Soupy Soups, 4.15 Bright New Dawn, 4.50 Wabanaki, 5.20 Hidden Impact.
FAIRYHOUSE: 1.45 Dinaria Des Obeaux, 2.20 Golden Flowerpower, 2.55 Jeannot De Nonant, 3.30 Roi Des Francs, 4.05 Blackmail, 4.40 Aupcharlie, 5.10 Fulham Road.
KEMPTON: 1.15 Lough Derg Leader, 1.50 Charli Parcs, 2.25 Frodon, 3.00 River Wylde, 3.35 IRISH SAINT (NAP), 4.10 Sir Note, 4.45 Irish Prophecy.
LINGFIELD: 1.30 Hajaam, 2.05 Pretend, 2.40 Haaf A Sixpence, 3.15 Mutakayyef, 3.50 Family Fortunes, 4.24 Rydan, 5.00 Etaad.
NEWCASTLE: 1.35 Testify, 2.10 Teo Vivo, 2.45 Shotgun Paddy, 3.20 Zamdy Man, 3.55 The Nipper, 4.30 Ballybolley, 5.05 Carlos Du Fruitier.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Spice Mill, 6.15 Stonecoldsoba, 6.45 Pinnata, 7.15 Wild Approach, 7.45 Shamrokh, 8.15 Glenalmond, 8.45 Coquine.
DOUBLE: Irish Saint and Shotgun Paddy.