Mossey Joe will have to win pulling the horsebox behind him to justify his Aintree weight!

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Between the flags Its a busy weekend approaching with options in the north , south , east and west of the country.

An Open Lightweight race is offered on every card throughout the country with the number of entries a little light on the ground.

That does however mask the quality on offer with many at Kildorrery on Sunday the 23rd in for a treat if Mossey Joe is declared.

One of only 8 entries at the Duhallow Foxhound meeting the 11 year old Moscow Society horse, recently purchased by Barry Connell and now in training in Co Limerick with Enda Bolger has to start his season somewhere!

It is kind of funny that Mossey Joe cost £160,000 is now running for the princely sum of €1,000 sponsored by Liam McCarthy and Amber Oil.

That said if he is to do justice to his Aintree Grand National entry and his allotted weight of 11st 1 lb he should win this even if he has to pull the horsebox behind him over the 3 mile course.

It might be of interest to the older brigade amongst us but 7 of the 8 entries are 11 year olds or older, proving the point that age is never a barrier to competing once you have the legs for it.

If Mossey Joe fails to appear or has a mishap, The Hollinwell , Sir Frederick or Lough Ferrib could be in a position to benefit.

The weekend begins in Co Armagh at Farmacaffley with the Tynan and Armagh meeting with another Open sponsored by Armagh Construction Limited.This could be a really cracking race with David Christie’s The Last Derby, Colin McBratneys Carsonstown Boy and Davy From Milan from Eoin Doyles yard leading contenders.

Doyles Davy From Milan also holds an entry the following day at Bennettsbridge so my guess is that he will run closer to home and bypass the trip to Co Armagh.

But it remains a very interesting race non the less with Michael McConville’s Leggy Lad a possibility to upset everyone if he decides to race on the day.

Ballylinch Stud sponsor the Open Lightweight at the Kilkenny Foxhound meeting in Bennettsbridge with the biggest entry of the “Open ” weekend here with 13 horses entered.

As previously mentioned the Mooncoin based Eoin Doyle trained Davy From Milan has an entry here with the Milan 7 year old likely to be well supported by the locals.

An Affane Open Lightweight winner last time out he looks like a horse to keep in mind here.

Vincent Halley has been getting a nice tune out of the 10 year old Witness Box gelding Boxing Along this season and a second place in a Hunters Chase last time out at Thurles puts him right in the picture here.

When you throw in another Co Waterford trained horse in the shape of Fort George the race looks full of promise. Henry De Bromhead’s 11 year old Kings Theatre gelding won over fences at Listowel in June 2013 and could be forward enough to take a hand here!

The Mares have a race all of their own in Co Clare with the East Clare Hunt staging a Mares Open. With only 5 entries the Clare Refrigeration sponsored event sees nearly everyone in with a serious shout. Pops Well a 7 year old Dr Massini and the 6 year old Catcher In The Rye mare Phone Booth have recent form at Avondhu and Askeaton with slight preference for the 3 time winner Pops Well of that pair.

Added to the mix is John Ryan’s Revoque mare Ballyadam Dancer who is potentially a very good recruit, but they will all have to get past Sheila Ahern on the 12 year old Isourbell. This dogged front runner may not act as well on heavier ground but she will be trying very hard and will test them all.

Weather wise it looks like a good weekend and we should race at all venues. Stay tuned to p2p.ie for updates and going reports, enjoy your racing!

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