Racing: Brian is tip for Big time
Brian Hamilton, who trains beside the Downpatrick course, can gain compensation for Big Kern's defeat last time when odds on favourite at the venue on Sunday.
The Hamilton horse was decisively denied by the Gordon Elliott trained Moss Street last time having previously won a bumper in June at the track and Elliott again supplies the danger and likely favourite with Tom's Article.
However the latter is making his hurdling debut following victory in a bumper at the track in the Sunday Fun Hurdle. The extra distance of the contest and Big Kern having plenty of experience, including point to points, is taken to give the local horse an edge.
Another local runner, Better Back Bob, if repeating his penultimate effort when runner-up at Sligo could take advantage of any shortcoming from the principal pair.
Pay No Heed, trained by Ted Walsh for JP Mc Manus, is fitted with first time blinkers in the opening Maiden Hurdle having finished third at the track in June in a similar race.
Idlewild, trained by Mark Mc Niff, makes more appeal if repeating his Sligo effort when second to McKinley and the Donegal trainer having an excellent record at Downpatrick.
Cebuano looks the likely favourite but despite decent winning form on the flat, the nine year old remains a maiden over hurdles.
Primroseandblue, trained by Willie Mullins, should be capable of following up success at Limerick last month in the Rated Hurdle with the locally owned Protaras representing Noel Meade having claims. However Star Of Aragon could supply the main danger if returning to his best. The downpatrickracecourse.co.uk Handicap Hurdle appears an open affair with several holding claims.
It could be worth taking a chance with Mosman Park to supply the best value with Luddsdenene, Glasson Lad, The Fitz Lady and What About Harry having more obvious claims.
Dashing Lady gets the vote in the Mares Maiden Hurdle following a third in a Galway contest last week while Pennys Tune and Hilden, both recent course winners, are the obvious dangers.
Couleur de La Loi is taken to claim the Sound Of Silver Handicap Hurdle if accounting for Point Of Rescue and Duroob – the latter winner of the Ulster Grand National at the course in 2012.
The selection won at Tipperary last month and finished runner-up to track specialist Preswell Lad in June.
The Gordon Elliott trained Royal Captain can be third time lucky at the course having twice finished second at the track, mostly recently when runner-up in the bumper in March.
Nina Carberry again takes the mount while Inchivara, also second in a bumper at the venue to Tom's Article, looks the obvious danger.
McKNIGHT'S SELECTIONS: 2.50 Idlewild 3.20 Primroseandblue 3.50 Mosman Park 4.20 Dashing Lady 4.50 Big Kern 5.20 Couleur De La Loi 5.50 Royal Captain