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Down Royal: Carberrys set to double up

By Jimmy Walker

Top jockey Paul Carberry should land the Guinness Hurdle at Down Royal tonight when he rides Nodelay for Colin McBratney.

And with Paul’s sister Nina Carberry also in action at Down Royal, there could well be a family double.

Nina has every chance on board trainer Charlie Swan’s Good Time Harry in the bumper.

Nodelay, meanwhile, was successful at Downpatrick on his latest run and McBratney’s stable seems to be in form.

Blue Ridge Lane and Tribes And Banner represent the main danger.

Tribes And Banner is also trained by Swan, who has a good record at Down Royal with a winner at the last meeting.

Magnetic Force, a winner at Downpatrick last time out, may be the one to back in the Harp Lager Handicap Hurdle. Jockey Adrian Lynch has a good record at this course and is a workmanlike jockey who is hard to beat anywhere.

For the danger in this race I nominate Namorama, trained by John Queally and ridden by John Barry.

Jessica Harrington is another Down Royal specialist to watch and should take the Bushmills Irish Whiskey Hurdle with Space Race ridden by Robbie Power.

Space Race has gone close recently at Leopardstown and Roscommon and looks sure to be in the frame.

Jamsie Hall, trained by Clare McMahon, won recently at Downpatrick and also scored at Tramore.

Jamsie Hall is one of the bottom weights in the Sean Graham Handicap Hurdle and may be worthy of support.

Miss Nomer, trained by Edward O’Grady, is the choice in the Gordon’s Gin Mares Maiden Hurdle but Paul Carberry, who won on Original Option at Killarney last night, could be supported on Back In A Tic — and if he should win this one it could put the icing on the cake of a big night for the Carberry family.

Meanwhile McBratney will have runners in Galway tomorrow.

Ballyholland is in the BMW Chase and will be bidding to repeat his win in the Galway Plate two years ago.

Spa Wells is the other McBratney runner. Both in fact should run big races.

Meanwhile Poet's Voice can bounce back to his best and repeat his victory of last year in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood tomorrow.

The four-year-old ran away with this Group Two affair last term, but he arrives here on something of a retrieval mission after flopping in the Dubai World Cup.

Poet's Voice finished stone last in that 10-furlong affair after posting a fine debut effort when narrowly touched off by Wigmore Hall. Poet's Voice will thrive for the return to a mile.

TODAY’S DOWN ROYAL SELECTIONS: 4.45 Crazy Days, 5.15 Miss Nomer, 5.45 Space Race, 6.20 Nodelay, 6.50 Magnetic Force, 7.20 Jamsie Hall, 7.50 Good Time Harry.

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