Double Delight On Bank Holiday Sunday
Kilbeggan and Listowel stage the Irish action on this Bank Holiday Sunday in Ireland and it could be best to stick with a couple of recent winners for a nice double on the day.
McCreery’s Plan A can come to fruition
Willie McCreery’s Patuano was a winner at the Curragh on Guineas weekend but nearly skipped that meeting in favour for staying fresh for Listowel.
The four-year-old filly ran well at this meeting last year and McCreery was going to keep her for this weekend but his decision to go to the Curragh yielded success and in good style.
McCreery has enjoyed a fine start to the season and has formed a formidable association with Billy Lee.
But to counter the 8lbs hike given to Patuano following that Curragh success McCreery has opted to claim 5lbs off with Oisin Orr booked to take the ride and that should help her make it two wins in as many weekends.
This will need to be a career best effort but she looks to have more to come and the fact that Listowel has missed most of the rain over the weekend will be a big help to the selection.
More to come from Trachtalai
The James Motherway-trained Na Trachtalai Abu made a winning return after a little beak when winning at Punchestown last month and there’s every chance James Motherway’s charge can win again at Kilbeggan today.
Donie McInerney takes the mount on the eight-year-old in the penultimate race at Kilbeggan and the ground couldn’t have been quicker at Punchestown last time so he looks set to get his conditions again at the Westmeath track today.
James Motherway does a good job with his team and while Na Trachtalai Abu was obviously set for his Punchestown reappearance as he landed some nice bets, the eight-year won very snugly. He should have more in the tank having not raced since December prior to that.
Na Trachtalai Abu actually won a hurdle race at this meeting last year but that was off a much lower mark. It would be no surprise however if he developed into a horse for the Galway Festival later in the summer.
If that is to be the case he needs to be winning a race of this nature with plenty of the rivals looking fairly exposed.
Patuano (11/4) – 2.40 Listowel
Na Trachtalai Abu (6/1) – 5.05 Kilbeggan
*Prices correct at time of publication.