Joseph-O’Brien

Focus Of Attention On O’Briens At Fairyhouse

Donnacha O’Brien leads the way in the Irish jockey standings at the moment and he can bounce back from his narrow defeat on Saxon Warrior yesterday to get some small compensation at Fairyhouse where he could be expected to have at least a couple of winners.

Attention On The Brothers
The Joseph O’Brien Racing Club will have their first runner at Fairyhouse when Focus Of Attention lines up in the 6f Fairyhouse Family Funday Handicap and despite having the burden of top weight the four-year-old can land the spoils.

It was actually Donnacha O’Brien who signed for Focus Of Attention when she went under the hammer and made €23,000 in February and on her first run since joining Eddie Lynam she ran well to finish third and was just beaten by a length and three parts at Navan.

The nicer ground seemed to be no problem and there was enough evidence that day that Focus Of Attention should be winning a race of this nature and…

would look one of the better bets on the card at the Meath track.

It could be a good day for the O’Brien family with Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up, Could It Be Love, a likely odds on favourite to give Aidan O’Brien a full set of pattern races in Ireland. The Group 3 Brownstown Stakes is the last Group or Listed race that O’Brien has yet to win and Donnacha…

should steer the three-year-old to feature honours

…shortly after Focus Of Attention’s race.

Kennedy To Make Most Of Opportunity
BoyleSports ambassador Robbie Power is currently on the side lines and hoping to make it back for the Galway Festival but Paddy Kennedy can make the most of his opportunity for Jessica Harrington on Neverushacon.

Kennedy’s 3lbs claim is a bonus on Harrington’s seven-year-old who has earned a rating of 143 over fences and comes into the conditions chase with the weights of the race suiting him.

A couple of runs on the flat failed to yield success for Neverushacon but he was brought back in for a summer campaign and already made his mark over hurdles at Killarney in May so could well…

book his ticket for the Galway Festival with victory here today.

Recommended Bets:
Focus Of Attention (3/1) – 2.25 Fairyhouse
Could It Be Love (4/5) – 3.30 Fairyhouse
Neverushacon (11/10) – 3.40 Limerick

*Prices correct at time of publication.




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