Friday 28 October 2016

Nama to claim prize

Nearly Nama'd, with Mark Walsh on board (Alain Barr)
Nearly Nama'd, with Mark Walsh on board (Alain Barr)

Tramore's meeting tomorrow will have to survive a 2pm inspection this afternoon but there looks to be no issues ahead of Fairyhouse where the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase is the feature race.

The close proximity of the race to Christmas is one of the obvious factors behind the small field but despite only 11 turning up for the €100,000 prize, it's still a very competitive affair.

Clarcam tops the weights and would be able to defy top weight if putting his best foot forward while his stable companion Bright New Dawn, who also runs in the Gigginstown colours, may well prove to be well handicapped on some of his better form and Jack Kennedy claims a valuable 5lbs off.

However, the selection is the JP McManus-owned and Sandra Hughes-trained Nearly Nama'd who was a winner at the track back in November over the same trip.

On that occasion Nearly Nama'd was a snug winner over last month's Paddy Power Chase winner Minella Foru and while the trip was undoubtedly a bit short for Minella Foru, the performance was still a fair one by the winner and he is picked to oblige again.

It's just over a year since Mckinley last won but on that occasion he was causing a surprise when claiming the Grade One Lawlors Naas Novice Hurdle and while he never really built on that win, tomorrow's beginners chase at Fairyhouse looks a winnable opportunity for him.

Ruby Walsh is set to go to Tramore tomorrow for their reschudled meeting from New Years Eve and the card features the listed At The Races Chase which again sees Roi Du Mee line up as he looks for a third win in the Waterford venue's biggest race of the year.


Walsh, who won the race for Willie Mullins on Marito two years ago, will aim to foil Roi Du Mee's challenge on Ballycasey and again, while there are only five runners, it looks quite a good renewal in which Roi Du Mee is picked to score.

Meanwhile, this afternoon at Punchestown all eye's will be on Min as he lines up in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and looks to confirm his status as clear favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Patrick Mullins said of the exciting five-year-old: "He came out of his last run well and he obviously won the race quite easily.

"It was great he showed on the track what he'd been showing us at home, as that isn't always the case.

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