Try not to lose your shirt on these!


With the first flat racing classics of the season over in Ireland , Britain and France my little head is still very much stuck over the jumps with the point to point season ending this weekend.

With a nice run of winners in the past few days with my “One for the Day” I thought I would be brave and share a few eye-catchers with you.

The usual health warning of “these should win soon, i just don’t know when!”stands.

MM Dazzler is a nice Fruits of Love 6 year old mare trained in Co Cork by Adrian Magiure. After trying her in point to points she won on the track and ran well at Limerick a couple of Sundays ago. She was well held by Aidan O’Briens Macbride in the bumper, but this was a solid performance as that Oscar horse is well regarded in Ballydoyle.

Maguires mare is worth support next time out in a bumper and definitely when popped over a jump.

Aidan O’Brien has a live challenger for all the leading staying races on the flat this summer in the shape of Leading Light.

This Montjeu 4 year old opened his 2014 campaign at Navan with a workmanlike performance over Royal Diamond. While he looks a little quirky to ride as his head carriage would indicate that he can maybe hold a little in reserve. If Joseph O’Brien can get that little bit out of him he looks like a serious player in the Ascot Gold Cup in a few weeks time.

With a win in last seasons Group 3 Queens Vase at the Royal meeting he stepped up at Doncaster to take the Group1 St Leger proving his obvious ability. He looks like a possibility for even more glory in the Cup races this season.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning are a formidable partnership and can strike at any level. With his Redmondstown breeding operation having a good strike rate Bolger regularly saddles a winner in his wife Jackies colours. One such horse, Chance To Dance a 4 year old by Teofilo ran well at Roscommon recently to look like one for the notebook. A newcomer to the track, he has been busy since making his debut in April.

Running three times already in May, Bolger is not one to let his horses loiter! So I would see how he goes but he is worth a chance.

Reverting to the jumps for a few eye catchers sees Colin Bowes Mollyanna catch the eye.

The 6 year old had progressive winning form in the point to points and has now been tried inside the rails. The daughter of Oscar was a beaten joint favourite at Clonmel on the 22nd when third to Carrigmoorna Rock. She wasn’t able to pick up before the last at the Co Tipperary track under Eddie O ‘Connell.

Bowe has a knack in getting race mares fit and keeping them sweet and I would say that the Bernard Cloney mare is no exception.

Assuming that she enjoys a livelier surface it wont be long till she wins in my view.

Robert Tyner will be crowned the champion point to point trainer this weekend. But many of his horses are tried on the track after an introduction between the flags.

His winning point to pointer , Shantou Shine has made that transition and with a bit of look she can add to that on the track.

A nice second in the handicap hurdle at Clonmel for the 6 year old augers well for the future.A 6 year old mare by Shantou she was run out of it by the surprise winner Mallards In Flight but could be a serious contender.

Anyway thats all the Eyecatchers for this week, try not to lose your shirt on them!


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