Hogan hopes for heroes
Denis Hogan is keeping his fingers crossed Youcantcallherthat can continue her excellent run of form in the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase at Fairyhouse today.
The seven-year-old provided Hogan with his biggest success as a trainer and jockey when claiming a Grade Two prize at Thurles less than a fortnight ago.
She makes a relatively swift return to action for this Grade Three contest and must concede weight to each of her four rivals, but Hogan is hopeful of a bold showing.
He said: "She seems in grade form and we were thinking about letting her take on the geldings in a Graded race at Limerick at the weekend.
"However, when I looked at this race and saw Shattered Love and Benie Des Dieux come out, I thought it looked a good opportunity so we said we'd let her take her chance.
"It won't be two weeks since she ran until Wednesday, so that is a bit of a worry, but this will probably be her final hurrah for the season and we'll see how we go."
It could be a big day for Hogan, who saddles four runners across the card. The veteran Inis Meain contests the opening Mongey Communications Beginners Chase, while half-sisters Moyhenna and Moskovite run in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final and the Listed mares' bumper respectively.
"Inis Meain is in super form. He went across to Cheltenham for the cross-country race and didn't get in, which was a bit of a disaster," Hogan continued. "It's a small field, which will suit him and hopefully he'll run well.
"Moyhenna was second in a Grade Three mares' novice hurdle in Limerick a couple of weeks ago and the form was boosted on Sunday with the winner, Lackaneen Leader, finishing second to Laurina.
"I looked at the forecast and saw it could come up heavy and we decided to let her run.
"Moskovite won well in Thurles on her first run and she's a mare I think a lot of."