Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Pat's Primo position

Big name: Top Jockey Pat Smullen rides several leading fancies at Down Royal tonight
Big name: Top Jockey Pat Smullen rides several leading fancies at Down Royal tonight

Primo Uomo, with top jockey Pat Smullen on board, looks the best bet when Flat racing returns to Down Royal tonight courtesy of the last quartet of contests on the competitive Barclay Communications-sponsored card.

The fixture is a fundraiser for seriously injured jockey Jonjo Bright, hurt in a fall at Tyrella point-to-point in March of last year aged just 19.

Primo Uomo stands out in the two-year-old Barclay Telecom Maiden having been placed third on his three starts to date, notably last time behind the Royal Ascot-bound Cappella Sanservo.

Pirita, representing in-form trainer Dermot Weld, appears the principal contender in the seven furlong maiden and is well capable of supplying Smullen with another winner.

Despite top weight, Captains Dilemma provides classy Smullen with a further opportunity of success in the concluding Nokia Handicap.

The Tony Martin-trained and locally owned Shemshal, with Barry Geraghty aboard, gets the vote in the opening maiden hurdle.

The Stuart Crawford-trained Nanaimo is an interesting newcomer to jump racing having raced in Canada, winning three races and placed seven times over a mile on the Flat, but is unraced since October 2012.

Ulster jockey Peter Buchanan, based with Lucinda Russell near Perth, travels over to take the mount in the Barclay O2 Maiden Hurdle.

Protaras, owned by the Belfast-based Hunt family, has claims in the handicap hurdle.

Wexford trainer Paul Nolan's team has hit top form and Highbrow Blue, with recent winning form and aided by Shane Shortall's claim, could go well.

But Give Me A Break was a very easy winner for Michael Hourigan at Tipperary and is taken to triumph here despite the stiff competition.

Give Me A Break will supply a clue to Bye Bye O Bye's chance in the Sony Xperia Handicap Hurdle with the former beating the latter last time.

The James Lambe-trained Shanroe Society tops the weights but Hero De Villeneuve, following two victories cross channel over fences, now has Barry Geraghty in the saddle.

Leading owner JP McManus is doubly represented with Ever So Much and Blaze Of Fire.

TONIGHT'S DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 5.55 Shemshal 6.25 Give Me A Break 6.55 Bye Bye O Bye 7.25 Primo Uomo 7.55 Pirita 8.30 Elusive In Paris 9.00 Captains Dilemma

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