Keep an eye on these and see if they can deliver.


I know I know its all talk about Cheltenham , with previews, reviews, rewinds, tips and thoughts just about everywhere you go.

So for this saunter through some eyecatchers will not mention the C word again, at least not until tomorrow!!

Pat Fahy has a nice yard of younger horses at Leighlinbridge Co Carlow and his Kris Kin mare Spirit of Afection ran well at Gowran Park on Red Mills day chasing home John Queally’s Gaillimh A Chrioi in the bumper.

Fahy’s 5 year old mare owned and bred by Ann Fortune should be able to build on this highly promising debut under Shane Shortall to win at the next time of asking.

Brian O ‘Connell rides out at Philip Rothwells Tinahely, Co Wicklow yard on a regular basis. With a pretty good hands on knowledge of the stables runners they are a combination worth following.

Their 8 year old gelding All Honours ran promisingly at Punchestown on the 19th finishing fifth behind Daniel Howards Duty Dance to be beaten less than 10 lengths at 20/1.

A winner at Tramore in April 2013, the City Honours horse looks more than capable of adding to this for his owner Christopher Morrissey.

At the same meeting Tom Foley popped his Astarabad gelding Playing over hurdles with the 11 year old finishing third under Ger Fox. Playing has been in great form over fences this season and he could well exploit his mark over hurdles and even repeat his displays over fences before long.

Foley has been in rare good form this season and the Aughabeg based Carlow man should be able to find a winning chance for the Patrick Delaney owned French bred.

Colin Bowe has been a little quiet of late but the Kiltealy Co Wexford based trainer must back in the winners circle soon given the talent he has in the yard.

The Tom Cullen owned and bred mare Annamult may never win a Grade 1 race, but the 6 year old Beneficial mare is capable of picking up a race inside the rails. This former point to point winner was sixth at Thurles in a handicap hurdle under Mikey Fogarty at 33/1 and is capable of doing better.

The bumper at Thurles on the same day saw the Dessie Hughes trained Morney Wing finish fourth under JJ King. Fancied on the day the Antonius Pius 5 year old may just have been a little disappointing here but that shouldnt put you off in future.

A fine second on his debut over hurdles in January, the winner of the bumper On Impulse is most likely a pretty good sort and Morney Wing might just have been tapped for toe on the day.

As always, these horses should win so just keep an eye on them and see if they can deliver!


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