Punchestown: Lough Ferrib out to make a splash
Lough Ferrib, a Down Royal winner in September, should go close in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown tomorrow.
Lough Ferrib faces opposition from a variety of sources, including Benash and Silk Affair.
But with the experienced Davy Russell in the saddle, Lough Ferrib has every chance in what should be a very competitive affair.
Meanwhile Ray Mond made a victorious debut for trainer Neil King at Fakenham earlier in the month and he can follow up back at the Norfolk venue.
The 10-year-old has been a total star for his owner Arthur White, winning five times on the bounce last term and progressing from a mark of 73 to 103.
He returned on a 12lb higher mark at the start of this year and a rating of 115 did not seem to hinder him too much as he finished a clear second at Folkestone.
Ray Mond switched to the care of King in the interim but showed the move had not affected him at all when sluicing up by 10 lengths at this track.
He was not all out to win that day and while he has a further 9lb rise to contend with, Ray Mond does not look to have finished improving yet.
Molanna View has yet to hit the mark in four starts but his time can come in the Severn Valley Catering Handicap Hurdle at Hereford.
Third behind Dunraven Storm on his seasonal bow at Exeter last October, he then filled the same position behind Jay J at Kempton.
A novice win looked to be beyond him in all honesty, but pitched into handicap company here, Molanna View could be about to find his level.
R De Rien Sivola is worth noting as she makes her return from a long lay off in the SIS Live “Sovereign” Handicap Chase.
A winner over fences in July 2009, she finished a creditable second in two subsequent starts, including a short head defeat by Grade One-placed Ogee.
Off the track since then, she has evidently not been right but Paul Nicholls can certainly produce winners on the back of long breaks and R De Rien Sivola could be another of those.
Nicky Henderson has always held Cucumber Run in high regard and he can continue his progression in the European Breeders' Fund “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle.
A decent bumper horse, he was beaten in a decent race on his hurdling bow but bounced back to win as he liked at Huntingdon earlier this month.
The six-year-old sticks to the same level here but looks capable of making his mark in better company in time.
Kindlelight Sun really could be anything and he is the choice in Kempton's Bistro Prices From £42 Handicap. The five-year-old won at Lingfield last January and he is worth chancing again as he returns from a lengthy break.
FAKENHAM: 1.55 Line Freedom, 2.25 Alcalde, 2.55 RAY MOND (NAP), 3.25 Sunny Spells, 3.55 Enfant De Lune, 4.25 Kings Lodge.
HEREFORD: 1.35 Cucumber Run, 2.05 Broadway Star, 2.35 William's Wishes, 3.05 Celtic Ballad, 3.35 Molanna View, 4.05 R De Rien Sivola, 4.35 Mono Man.
KEMPTON: 1.45 Princess Lexi, 2.15 Escardo, 2.45 Mandy's Hero, 3.15 Silver Guest, 3.45 Kuala Limper, 4.15 Kindlelight Sun, 4.45 Nubian Gem, 5.15 Saddlers Bend.
PUNCHESTOWN: 1.20 Garde Champetre, 1.50 Big Zeb, 2.20 Baily View, 2.50 Byerley Bear, 3.20 Westmeath, 3.50 Silk Affair, 4.20 Celtic Folklore.