Friday selections

Following the good jumps action at Warwick and Clonmel today (Thursday) there is more in store on both sides of the Irish Sea on Friday at Fontwell and Gowran Park.

Gordon Elliott unleashes Abacadabras at 2.40. A horse that followed up a fourth place finish in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham behind the same stable’s Envoi Allen by coming a length second to Colreevy in the equivalent at Punchestown, he will be expected to get his career over timber off to a winning start and could be a leading light among the novice hurdlers this season.

Surin – third behind the ill-feted Sir Erec in the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown – is also fancied to get his campaign off to a winning start for Elliott and Gigginstown at 3.50, while Peter Fahey’s Soviet Pimpernel can follow up an impressive win at Listowel last month when he makes his hurdling bow at 2.05. The form of that success was given a boost this week when Gavin Cromwell’s Wavelength won at Roscommon earlier this week.

Over at Fontwell a trio of familiar names are in action, all of whom look well handicapped. My nap is Doing Fine in the opener (2.25), a horse who contested the listed Summer Cup in June and less than a year ago finished mid-division in a pair of Grade 3s. Rated 135 12 months ago, tomorrow he runs in a class 4 off 117, while also getting a further 7lb off with Philip Donovan’s claim. Trainer Neil Mulholland is also in good form with a 33% strike rate over the past couple of weeks and with the current going described as good with little rain forecast, everything looks right for the 11-year-old to get his head in front for the first time since winning at Cheltenham in April 2017.

Another horse who enjoyed Cheltenham success that year is Flying Tiger and the former Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle victor makes his debut for Philip Hobbs on Friday. Now rated 129, 12lb lower than his peak mark of two years ago, it’s amazing to think he’s still only six years old and should be up to winning this class 3 handicap.

Meanwhile, another old favourite, Tea For Two, looks to have a good opportunity to win his first race since his Betway Bowl success at Aintree two years ago. He had Cue Card, Smad Place, Bristol De Mai and Silviniaco Conti all behind him that day and although now in the twilight of his career should be capable of making his mark here off a mark of 142.


2.05 Gowran Park – Soviet Pimpernel

2.25 Fontwell – Doing Fine (NAP)

2.40 Gowran Park – Abacadabras

3.50 Gowran Park – Surin

4.10 Fontwell – Flying Tiger

4.45 Fontwell – Tea For Two


Sunday Listowel selections

2.00 Patchouli

2.30 Stratum

3.05 Cailean’s Angel

3.35 Zola

4.10 Wicklow Brave

4.40 Ask Susan (NAP)