Pin Your Hopes On Harrington In Irish Lincolnshire
Doncaster threw up a few big priced winners on the opening day of the British Flat season yesterday and with the testing ground at Naas we can probably expect more of the same when the season begins in Ireland this afternoon.
Check In With Harrington
In his Herald column on Saturday jockey Robbie Power commented that he was hoping Pincheck might have went juvenile hurdling this season but that didn’t transpire and the two time course and distance winner can land the opening day flat feature for Jessica Harrington and Colm O’Donoghue.
A few of the full field in the Lincoln have got past form on testing conditions and that has to be a big factor for anyone having a bet in the race and while Pincheck needs to produce a career best effort and is high enough in the weights for this race, he looks progressive enough to win again and wasn’t disgraced at the end of the season last year when trying listed company.
On The Go Again will be fit from his jumping exploits and it is unknown if he has reached the ceiling of his ability on the flat, while the English raiders warrant respect but
Pincheck has been mapped out for this race for some time and can take the honours.
Elliott To Grab Another National
A first BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday week is what Gordon Elliott is really after but he wouldn’t mind taking the Ulster National at Downpatrick today in the meantime.
Poormans Hill is running off a mark of 120 and has yet to really prove that he is up to that having been beaten on his two starts since getting a hike from the handicapper but this is a much lesser contest than those won by Presenting Percy and a rejuvenated Pairofbrowneyes and the drop in class at a track where he has won twice should play to his advantage.
The form the yard is in at the moment is unquestionable so it would be foolish to discount improvement from any of them and 10st9lbs is a lovely weight in a race like this over 3m4f which…
might just help him counter his rise up the ratings.
Pincheck (6/1) – 4.50 Naas
Poormans Hill (11/4) – 3.55 Downpatrick
*Prices correct at time of publication.