Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Our Joe can be a super Mac

Our Joe Mac can defy his second-string status and present trainer Richard Fahey with a first success in the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster.

Stable jockey and reigning champion Paul Hanagan has instead opted to ride Fahey's Irish Heartbeat but Our Joe Mac perhaps has greater scope for potential than his stablemate.

Those in attendance at the Curragh last month may scoff at the claims of the four-year-old as he beat just one home in the Irish Lincolnshire.

The ground was really demanding in Co. Kildare that day, however, which may have contributed to his downfall.

As long as Our Joe Mac brings even a modicum of his reportedly inspiring home work to Town Moor, Hanagan's loss could be to the vast gains of Tony Hamilton, an able deputy if ever there was.

Rookie trainer Roger Varian can enjoy an early-season tonic earlier on the card if Eton Forever runs to form in the William Hill Spring Mile.

Varian has replaced Michael Jarvis at Kremlin House and will already have discovered the magnitude of such a prestigious role.

But Eton Forever looks to have the perfect profile in which to take this valuable handicap over a mile, the Lincoln's consolation race, and provide his trainer with a dream start to the campaign.

Connections have had to be patient with the four-year-old as he was only first seen on a track last April.

In what was admittedly a work in progress last season, the Oratorio gelding still showed much promise in four outings.

Eton Forever has allegedly made great progress this winter and could be let in lightly off his current mark.

The williamhill.com Cammidge Trophy is invariably a tough conundrum to solve, but it could pay to side with Bated Breath from Roger Charlton's operation.

Fine racing, too, at Kempton, from where Pink Symphony should go really well in the williamhill.com Magnolia Stakes.

Lunar Victory could also have a great deal to bring to the table off his current mark in the williamhill.com Rosebery Handicap.

Over jumps, Street Dance's defeat of Di Kaprio puts him bang in the picture for the Bridgend Designer Outlet “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow.

Wise Move is also poised to come up trumps in the Jenkinsons Caterers First Choice For Weddings Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter.

Kieren Fallon does not ride that many horses for Mick Easterby so his presence on Hoof It at Doncaster on Sunday must be noted.

The four-year-old looked a really nice prospect last season and despite being saddled with plenty of weight in the williamhill.com Handicap, still holds an excellent chance.

Hoof It notched up a quickfire hat-trick last May before losing his way a little during the high summer months.

However, Easterby rekindled his fire in the autumn, sending him out to finish a narrow second at Haydock before going one place better with a neck victory over the minimum trip here on his final start.

That victory has seen the Monsieur Bond gelding leap up to a career-high mark of 99 but that could still prove a little on the lenient side as he looked the type to improve again with another winter on his back.

Fallon has one win in two starts aboard this horse to his credit and can further enhance that statistic on Town Moor.

today’s SELECTIONS

CHEPSTOW: 2.15 Street Dance, 2.45 Bob Lewis, 3.20 Hazy Dawn, 3.50 Quazy De Joie, 4.25 On Trend, 5.00 Crackerjac Boy, 5.30 Rimini, 6.05 Great Gusto.

DONCASTER: 2.05 Eton Forever, 2.35 Bated Breath, 3.10 OUR JOE MAC (NAP), 3.40 Triggerlo, 4.15 Honest Deal, 4.50 Tres Coronas, 5.20 Jonny Lesters Hair, 5.55 Swiftly Done.

GOWRAN: 2.10 Baily Dusk, 2.40 Eight Is My Number, 3.15 Stony Grey Soil, 3.45 Glenlo Abbey, 4.20 Dunroe Boy, 4.55 Gimli's Return.

KEMPTON: 2.20 Pink Symphony, 2.55 Kyllasie, 3.25 Lunar Victory, 4.00 Avon River, 4.35 Fun Affair, 5.05 Right Stuff, 5.40 Christmas Aria.

UTTOXETER: 2.25 Tiger Dream, 3.00 Wise Move, 3.30 Dan Breen, 4.05 Wester Ross, 4.40 Pro Pell, 5.10 Dancing Primo, 5.45 El Zorro.

DOUBLE: Our Joe Mac and Eton Forever

tomorrow’s SELECTIONS

CURRAGH: 1.55 Boris Grigoriev, 2.25 Sing Softly, 2.55 Timeless Whisper, 3.30 Lolly For Dolly, 4.00 Unaccompanied, 4.30 Marching Orders, 5.00 Double Double, 5.30 Hawkhill.

DONCASTER: 1.40 Amical Risks, 2.10 King Of Jazz, 2.45 Ming Meng, 3.20 Rio Cobolo, 3.55 HOOF IT (NAP), 4.25 Merchant Of Dubai, 4.55 Dorcas Lane, 5.25 Hill Tribe.

LIMERICK: 2.35 Native Palm, 3.10 Some Slam, 3.45 Lios A Choill, 4.15 Our Victoria, 4.45 Quito De La Roque, 5.15 Cash And Go, 5.45 East Beach.

MARKET RASEN: 2.30 Sirjosh, 3.05 Higgy's Ragazzo, 3.40 I Can Run Can You, 4.10 Fin Vin De Leu, 4.40 Earl Grez, 5.10 Silver Wren.

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