A few eyecatchers for your notebook!

With an eye to the future it is always nice to look at some performances which might merit a second look at when these horses run again.

Storm Away is a 5 year old Kalanisi mare that picked up a bit of black type for Pat Flynn and JJ Burke at Tipperary. A winner on the flat at Wexford earlier this summer, Flynn switched the mare to hurdles with a win at Down Royal. He aimed high at Tipperary in a Grade 3 novice hurdle where she finished third at 12/1.

Flynn has a fine record with mares and fillies over the years including French Ballerina and Aeries Girl and it would be no surprise to see him land another race or two with Storm Away. With a handicap mark over hurdles she could well be pitched in to such a race if the opportunity arises.

Jamie Codd made his name as an amateur jockey with Willie Mullins long before being crowned as the national Point to Point jockeys champion in 2013/14. Surprisingly still awaiting his first win in this sector after two weekends racing of the new season his mounts inside the rails are always worth keeping in mind.Alice Curran trains a small string in Co Waterford and regularly uses Codd with her national hunt horses. They teamed up at Tipperary with Cadtlebeach King in a bumper on the 7th of this month finishing a creditable third behind a Patrick Mullins and Nina Carberry one, two.

The 7 year old by Windsor Castle won his Point to Point in April at Ballyarthur in the hands of Mikey O’Connor and has now had 3 bumper runs to his credit, improving on every occasion. Not overly fancied on his last run he looks like a future winner before long. The one word of caution I would take into account is the going.With a slight suspicion that he might prefer a piece of decent ground. But keep him in mind before the ground turns against him in the winter!

With the flat racing season winding down at the minute it is worth our while to look out for an eyecatching maiden.

One that fits the bill is Very Intense from Jim Bolger’s Co Carlow yard. Owned, bred and trained by the Bolger clan he ran well at Navan when finishing third under Ronan Whelan.

The 3 year old by Intense Focus was unfancied at Navan on the 8th but came through nicely to finish third behind the Ballydoyle winner Felix Mendelsson. Bolger will race his horses regularly and has no problem competing on the all weather at Dundalk. This 10 furlong horse seems to fit that bill and is one to keep in the notebook.

Vicalus is a former winning point to pointer for Susan Finn with the 9 year old Old Vic mare looking capable of adding a further win on the track. Ridden by John Cullen at Tramore in the 2 mile 3 furlong handicap chase on the 9th she finished second at 16/1.

A winner on the track over hurdles her maiden tag is intact over fences but Finn might just find a winning opportunity in the near future.

Barry O’Neill had a nice treble at Shillelagh Pt2Pt last weekend , riding a double for Colin Bowe’s yard. Bowe took the unusual step of saddling Katiebyrne on her debut in a Winners race at the Co Wicklow track.

With only four runners O’Neill settled her out the back and let her settle and jump. While never really threatening to win she did show enough promise to go into the notebook.

Beaten only a little over 4 lengths the 5 year old St Jovite mare will be worth a euro or two.

As always , my health warning on these eyecatchers is in place, they should win I just dont know when!



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