Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

The show goes on at Down Royal

Irish racing looks poised to beat the ravages of the weather that’s decimated the current schedule around Britain with both today’s Down Royal fixture and tomorrow’s Clonmel meeting reported not to be under threat.

While the ground will be heavy at both venues, officials are confident of going ahead as planned, in addition to last Saturday’s Fairyhouse card, postponed due to waterlogging, being refixed for next Tuesday.

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh has a busy afternoon in prospect at the Maze venue, where Bank of Ireland sponsor the first four races.

Most notable is the Business & Retail Hurdle featuring 145-rated Powerstation.

Although defeated in the corresponding race two years ago by ill-fated Galway Plate victor Far From Trouble, the nine-year-old appears to have improved this term.

Even if today’s trip is on the short side, Powerstation is napped to prove too good in the mud for Punchestown casualty Buachaill On Eirne, as well as the disappointing pair Merdeka and Leading Run.

Limerick pilot McNamara, who shone aboard Forest Leaves in Sunday’s Grand National Trial at Punchestown, can initiate a double courtesy of that winner’s stablemate Judge Roy Bean in the Global Markets Maiden Hurdle.