Jack’s King all set to earn punters a Dollar or two
Two of the best young jockeys around will be in action at Down Royal, David Mullins — who won last month’s Aintree Grand National on Rule The World — and Jack Kennedy both having several top-class rides.
Fighting Days, Caridadi, First Post, Crafty Codger and Dollar And A Dream make most appeal in the handicap hurdle with the last named — trained by Tony Martin who enlists teenage riding sensation Kennedy — getting the selection despite top weight.
Kennedy also rides King Blue who can win the O2 Handicap Chase.
Kylestyle and Some Drama filled the first two places in a similar contest at the course on St Patrick’s Day when the former won by a nose while Altiepix finished third at the Lisburn venue earlier this month.
The Doorman, owned by JP McManus, is an interesting novice but has unseated his rider twice on his latest starts.
King Blue has been running consistently well, winning on his penultimate effort, and could provide the safest selection in a tricky affair.
Larne trainer Stuart Crawford — whose brother Steven has announced his retirement from race riding — is doubly represented in the Beginners Chase restricted to mares with Legacy Phoenix and Indy Island, the pair having been running in point to points.
Annamatopoeia and More Than Ever hold superior claims with the latter a winner over hurdles prior to finishing fifth over fences at Downpatrick while the former is top rated and finished runner-up at Roscommon last time and gets preference.
The Larne handler is also doubly represented in the bumper. Jimmy Breakie has been placed on his three starts this year and looks the one to beat with Bosco Di Alco the form danger and Burndown a notable debutant while Ard Na Carraig is following on from winning a point to point making his track debut notable.
The maximum 20 runners line up for the opening maiden hurdle.
Don’t Be Hasty, Crown Hill, Wakea and Heartbreak City form the short list.
Heartbreak City, trained by Martin, contested the Chester Cup last time.
Crown Hill, trained by Henry De Bromhead, gets the selection in the hope tonight’s faster going will suit.
The O2 Handicap Hurdle is another maximum field and the Gordon Elliott-trained Zanouska, despite a year’s absence, should be suited by this evening’s ground. Afram Blue and Island Villa are the dangers.
The three-mile Barclays Handicap Hurdle could prove very competitive.
Degenerous, Crocodile Dundee, Misdflight, What Ever It Takes, Dramatic Event and Clontarf all hold claims with the last named, trained by Dermot McLoughlin, supplying the best each way value.
Tonight’s Down Royal tips: 5.35 Crown Hill 6.05 Dollar And A Dream 6.35 Zanouska 7.05 Clontarf 7.35 Annamatopoeia 8.05 King Blue 8.35 Jimmy Breakie.