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Saturday 16 December 2017

Carberry gets back on the track

Just Janice will team up with Donie McInerey at Ballinrobe. Pic: racingpost.com
Just Janice will team up with Donie McInerey at Ballinrobe. Pic: racingpost.com

After 10 months off the track following the birth of her first child, Nina Carberry will return to race riding this afternoon at Ballinrobe.

Carberry will team up with old ally Noel Meade in the finale at the track and Meade is hopeful of giving Carberry a fairytale return with Cask Mate. Although Jamie Codd's mount, Elusive Exclusive, is given the nod here.

"She's living down in Tipperary so she's riding out down there but she has ridden out for us five or six times in the last couple of weeks," Meade revealed. "I hope the ground's not too heavy, but I think he'll run well."

While Carberry has been absent, one young rider who has been making his name over the summer is seven-pound claimer Donie McInerney, with five winners from 25 rides this month.

McInerney has been catching the attention of many in the jumping game and can add another winner for September in the feature John Mulhern Mares Handicap Hurdle aboard Just Janice. The horse has top weight in the 2m4f handicap hurdle but McInerney's claim leaves her with just 11st and her consistency this summer can be rewarded for John Kiely.

Jack Kennedy has had to be patient since his return to action earlier in the summer but with Davy Russell suspended, the Kerry youngster can make the most of his first two rides on the card for Gordon Elliott.

Few stand out in the opening On-Course Vets Juvenile Maiden Hurdle but Azua Emery represents strong connections, having been purchased privately by Gigginstown House Stud after finishing second in a French maiden so with a clear round of jumping she can be expected to go close.

Boytonrath has been going close of late and after finishing second on her last two starts, she can edge her way to the front in the Tuam Herald Handicap Hurdle.

Thanks For Tea has been campaigned over hurdles of late by Edmond Kent but she looks to be well placed in the Eamon Sheridan Groundworks Chase where she can just get the better of Call It Magic and Net D'Ecosse in what is a trappy race.

Meanwhile, Jessica Harrington had a fine half hour yesterday as she had success on either side of the Irish Sea in Listed races.

Brick By Brick proved too good for the odds-on favourite Gobi Desert in the Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse, while Colm O'Donoghue made his first trip to Yarmouth a fruitful one as he guided Beautiful Morning to win the biggest Flat race of the year at the seaside track. O'Donoghue earlier scored on Imperial Past for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

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