All of these horses have the ability , its just up to the trainers to find the winning opportunity!


With so much racing to keep abreast of over the past couple of months I thought it might be timely to share a few horses with you who have caught my eye at recent meetings.

Stuart and Steven Crawford have been turning a head or two in the racing world this season. They seemingly have a plentiful supply of equine ammunition from their Larne, Co Antrim base and Stuart saddled a nice maiden hurdler at Navan on the 29th when Go The Nac finished third. A drifter in the market on the day the 25/1 shot was just run out of it over the two mile trip.

The 5 year old son of Beneficial looks capable of winning for the yard in the colours of the owner/trainer SBR Crawford.

Another horse to go into the notebook at the same meeting at Navan was Conor O’Dwyer’s Ebazan who ran prominently in the handicap hurdle under Ben Dalton. The 5 year old American bred son of Lemon Drop Kid was bred by His Highness The Aga Khan and has already been successful both on the flat and over jumps.

While not really troubling the judge since June 2013 his run here when beaten a little over 5 lengths looked like he might just be running into form.

Co Kildare based O’Dwyer is a dab hand at placing his horses and with Co Wexford based claimer Ben Dalton back in action this horse may just be good enough to win again.

Way back in January I backed the Liz Doyle trained Rich Revival in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran. Unluckily my money went well astray that day with the 10 year old Turtle Island horse being pulled up. This was his third pulled up effort in a row, which had preceded three straight wins.

Owned by Mary Murphy , Liz Doyle has obviously sweetened him up with a well supported third in a 2 and a half mile handicap hurdle at Navan.

Never a winner over the smaller obstacles his forte is as a steeplechaser and I would fancy him to put up a bold show over the larger obstacles when given a chance.

On the flat , well known National Hunt trainer Colm Murphy saddled Glam Gerry for Barry Connell at Leopardstown on the 30th with the 10 year old Dr Massini finishing fifth.

While never troubling the winner he stayed on well over the 1 mile 6 furlong trip under the talented Danny Mullins to give hope for the future. The 3 times winning horse is by no means a prolific winner but he is versatile enough to be placed well by Murphy and add to his winning record.

With Clonmel opening the evening national hunt fixture list on the 3rd of April a couple of horses caught the eye including The Admiral Benbow and Oneforlill.

Gordon Doyle has a relatively small team of horses at his Co Wexford base but he must have hopes of taking a track race with the 9 year old The Admiral Benbow soon. A son of Pierre he has won in the point to point fields and has already been placed in a Hunters Chase.

His fourth placing under Adam O’Neill was a firm indication that there is a winning race in the horse, its just a matter of finding it!

Our final eyecatcher this week is the Paul Nolan trained mare Oneforlill. This 6 year old Stowaway mare was touched off by Missyspet at Clonmel in the concluding race but looks like a cast iron guarantee to win for her owner Denis Moore.

All of these horses have given enough of an indication that they have the ability to win, its just up to the trainers and jockeys to get them the right opportunity!


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