Youngnedofthehill can swoop late to capture the spoils

5.10 Fairyhouse  YOUNGNEDOFTHEHILL   2pts ew @ 16/1  BetVictor.

Gaelic legend has it that a Young Ned of the Hill would swoop down to attack the Cromwellian invaders & here’s hoping his namesake can come storming late up the Fairyhouse hill to capture the 7k prize. Shane Nolan’s hurdler is lightly-raced for a 9yo & when winning by six lengths at Ballinrobe in August, he did it in the manor of a hurdler with more to come. I think a combination of finding the Bellewstown track too sharp & an over-confident ride by jockey Roger Loughran cost him the chance of following-up at the end of August & he never got near the leaders in a soft-ground handicap hurdle at Galway last month. It’s my belief that any horse can be forgiven a bad run at Balltbrit, while the testing going would not have suited our Kings Theatre bred runner. The stiffer Fairyhouse track with it’s three furlong straight & uphill finish allied with the drying surface will suit Youngnedofthehill down to the ground as long as the hold-up tactics are not overdone. Tony Martin’s Creeping Ivy ran a race full of promise when third at Navan a fortnight ago. Looking at his flat rating, the 5yo’s current hurdling mark of 99 is about right & the booking of Davy Russell suggests a big run is expected. The yard is in woeful form however, with just two hurdle winners from sixty-six runners this season. This race usually attracts a couple of 4yo’s & in this year’s edition there are three. I’ll just concentrate on two, Sierra Law & Lex Talionis who I think have similar chances. After winning at Down Royal, Karl Thornton’s Sierra Law was put in his place from an 8lb higher mark at Kilbeggan last time. He’s crept up another 1lb here but still must have good place claims. Noel Meade’s Lex Talionis is much more unexposed & if this drop in trip on better ground suits he’d at least be the best of the three. Like An Open Book comes here as the mare in form, having won a Clonmel a month ago. John Burke’s 7yo clearly likes the Co.Tipperary track having won a bumper there in June & in all fairness, Fairyhouse is not that dis-similar to Clonmel & she did appear to win with a bit in hand last time. What we could do without is the no.2 reserve Mullinavat turning up. He won at Tramore yesterday, (Thursday), by 23 lengths & a 6lb penalty is unlikely to be the reason he gets beat. I doubt that Henry de Bromhead’s 8yo would be declared even if there were two non-runners, but you never know at this game.

October 6, 2017 by : Posted in Free Racing Tips 1 Comment
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  1. YOUNGNEDOFTHEHILL – 10/1 2nd btn 1l +6pts
    Towards rear, headway going well in 11th after 3 out, ridden in 7th after next & closed under pressure into 3rd run-in, stayed on well into 2nd close home, nearest finish.

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