Power surge to glory
Top jockey Barry Geraghty has a couple of quality rides at Down Royal tonight but Authinger and jockey Robbie Power are tipped to triumph in the feature ahead of tomorrow’s big summer showpiece, the Magners Ulster Derby.
The first session of the two-day meeting caters for jump racing fans and the Tony Martin-trained Authinger, who won over the course and distance last month on similar going (good/firm), can land the principal prize, the Tote Ireland Galway Plate Trial.
The selection has run well on the flat in the interim and carries only a 5lb penalty for his previous victory.
Howwouldyouknow represents Newry trainer Liam Lennon and having dived left at the start of the race won by the selection, won at Punchestown on his next start and makes his handicap debut.
Slieveardagh, trained by Edward O’Grady with Geraghty on board, can prove the danger, being a nine-time winner and having won on fast ground.
Baresi enters the fray with trainer Charles Byrnes in form, having landed the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday. Shabra Charity likes the track and won a similar chase at the May Day meeting, while Carmels Boy and Fisher Bridge also warrant each way consideration.
The opening mares novice hurdle may prove ultra-competitive with very little separating Fourni, Little King Robin, Emily Gray and Ningbo Express.
Cut Loose, making his hurdling debut, could supply the value bet in the maiden hurdle where Geraghty teams up with Tony Martin on Shalamzar.
That combination appears to be the likely market leaders, while Attraction Ticket and Hi Chap hold each way claims.
Gimli’s Rock is Geraghty’s mount for Jessica Harrington the Punters Pack Conditions hurdle and carries top weight, having won at Kilbeggan recently. Cape Cross gets the vote, just qualifying with one hurdle race victory and trainer Gordon Elliott will fit cheek pieces tonight, while his runner gets a valuable weight allowance.
The Noel Meade-trained and locally owned Protaras cannot be dismissed having won a decent contest on similar ground last month.
Gretsky gets the vote in the Sean Graham Hurdle after finishing a decent third at Roscommon last time. The locally trained pair Over Church Road and Hot Prospect have place prospects but Forjoethepainter can provide the biggest danger.
Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney has double interest in the Beginners Chase and Butney Rock can gain compensation at the expense of Railway Icon.
Nina Carberry and Charlie Swan have major claims in the finale with Honkytonktennesse with the Mullins father/son runner Morning Run looking the likely favourite, but Mr Boss Man can supply the each way value bet.
TONIGHT’S DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 5.30 Little King Robin 6.05 Cut Loose 6.35 Cape Glory 7.10 Gretsky 7.40 Butney Rock 8.15 Authinger 8.45 Mr Boss Man
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