Saturday 18 January 2020

Dinons looks Wexford highlight

Dinons can overcome issues with the ground
Dinons can overcome issues with the ground

When thrown into the very highest grade at the Cheltenham Festival, DINONS (4.20) ultimately came up short, but Gordon Elliott's runner is certainly the highlight on this Wexford card today.

Masterfully placed by the trainer, Dinons is a six-time winner and his most recent of those was a very pleasing effort on his chasing debut at Killarney where the six-year-old looked an absolute natural for the larger obstacles.


The rain in the last 48 hours or so wouldn't be ideal for Dinons but his class should shine through in the 2m4f Barrow Novice for which he is likely to be a short-priced favourite.

Dinons is taking on a 136-rated runner in Or Jaune De Somoza but the selection did run to beyond the 140 mark over hurdles and he may be better than that again over fences.

There could be a few parent-offspring winners on this Wexford card.

Johnny Burke comes home to ride recent Tramore winner YAIZA (3.20) who takes his chance in Handicap company again under a 4lb penalty after winning a maiden on Saturday.

In the Hook Head Handicap Chase, DUNDRUM LAD (4.50) has to defy top weight for Mags and Danny Mullins.

The JP McManus-owned runner was second to the decent yardstick Peacocks Secret last time out and if coming on for that first outing in a few months, Dundrum Lad should be able to score here.


The point-to-point winner is still slightly well in on his hurdle rating.

Then, in the concluding Tuskar Handicap Chase, MYRONS (5.20) is another trying to back up a Tramore win.

Pat Doyle will leg up his son Jack on the six-year-old who got a 2lb hike from the handicapper and doesn't have the 7lb claim of Evan Dwan but could just be open to enough improvement to win again and make the rider's trip home from America worthwhile.

The maiden hurdles at this time of year might not be the strongest in nature but they are still competitive affairs and bumper winner ALIYM (2.10) can give trainer Harry Kelly another winner this week.

Aliym was a surprise winner of a Naas bumper and while failing to land a blow in a winners contest, this does look a winnable opportunity for the four-year-old to open his account.

FIRE AWAY (3.50) then returns to the track where he won his bumper on St Patrick's Day.

Ger Hourigan's charge finished last of the 10 runners in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown, but he may relish the step up to three miles for the Slaney Maiden Hurdle.


2.10 Aliym

2.45 Wetbehindtheears

3.20 Yaiza

3.50 Fire Away

4.20 Dinons

4.50 Dundrum Lad

5.20 Myrons

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