A February Flourish with some terms and conditions.


My faith in my own tipping acumen was fully restored following a February flourish, having tipped a winner with my “One for the day” last weekend.

With the Crawford brothers winning with Twentytwo’s Taken at Fairyhouse I thought I might share some more eyecatchers to pop into your notebooks.

Paul Nolan has his Davidstown yard near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in good form at present. He pitched in King Vuvuzela into a Grade A handicap chase at Leopardstown on Champion Hurdle weekend with the 7 year old son of Flemensfirth acquitting himself well in fourth place. Nolan is fairly adept at placing his horses and he should find an opportunity to win again with this horse.

On the same card Colm Murphy saw his 7 year old Beneficial gelding, Mister Hotelier, run respectably in a handicap hurdle over two and a half miles. While probably no world beater he has his own level and looks more than well able to win when the sun and moon are properly aligned. Murphy looks at the fixture list with a keen eye and should be able to find a race to win with Mister Hotelier sooner rather than later.

Co Cork based Robert Tyner has a nice hurdling recruit in the shape of Sir Abbot with the 5 year old Morozov gelding making a pleasing track debut under Tony McCoy.
This former point to point winner could well be the new star that his sire Morozov needs, but at the very least he looks a likely maiden hurdle winner whenever Robert Tyner decides to race him again for his new owner JP McManus.

Charles O’Brien the Co Kildare based son of the legendary Vincent O’Brien has struck up an interesting racing partnership with Steven Clements. They ran a nice bumper horse at Thurles on the 30th in the shape of Arctic Wolf to run his most promising race to be third. It was noteworthy that the 6 year old son of Medicean was hampered in this race but managed to get back into contention to mark himself down as a future winner.

Liz Doyle trains my final eyecatcher. With her horses in good form the 9 year old Sleeping Car gelding Rafi De Triana was a fine third in a handicap hurdle at Thurles. This horse was in winning form this time last year and he looks a likely winner for Doyle and her Crossabeg yard in the near future.

As always terms and conditions do apply to these eyecatchers but what else is new in this life!


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