Wexford trainer Paul Nolan can enjoy a good afternoon at his local track today as he goes there with two strong chances in SUNDAY AT JULIA'S (2.40, Wexford) and MY CLUB COLOURS (3.15, Wexford).
Nolan hit the crossbar at Cheltenham last week when his stable star Latest Exhibition went down by just a neck in the Albert Bartlett to Monkfish, but he can hopefully get back among the winners today.
Sunday At Julia's was well beaten in three starts over hurdles so far, but the Eoin O'Gorman Solicitors Maiden Hurdle is for horses who have not been placed in the first three and Sean O'Keeffe takes a valuable 5lbs off the five-year-old, which could just swing things in their favour at the latter stages of the race.
In the following M2 Construction Wexford Novice Handicap Hurdle, O'Keeffe is again the man on board as he rides the Punchestown winner My Club Colours. The daughter of Jeremy got a 8lbs hike for winning and ran well since, but Nolan appears to have found a good opportunity for her here to score again.
The biggest prize on offer this St Patrick's Day is the €40,000 Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase.
Just seven go to post for this, including two horse at the bottom of the weights that ran at Navan on Saturday. The race for 10-year-olds and upwards is likely to go to the way of top weight KITTEN ROCK (4.25, Wexford) if he can find anything like his best form.
A run behind Tikkanen Express last time out suggested that a win was on the horizon and this valuable pot may well be within his grasp under Mark Walsh.
Saturday winner CONRIGHT BOY (5.00, Wexford) could have also qualified for the veterans race but trainer Cathy O'Leary is sticking to two-miles with her consistent performer and she has booked Hugh Morgan to override her 5lbs penalty for the Navan win.
An impressive winner in first time cheek-pieces on Saturday, Conright Boy should account for his six rivals today as only Shakeytry has shown any positive form at all lately.
At Down Royal this afternoon Gordon Elliott's American Grand National winner JURY DUTY (4.10, Down Royal) bids to win the Racing TV Chase for a second year in a row.
The nine-year-old won this on his way to being well backed for the Aintree Grand National last year where he unshipped Robbie Power around the halfway stage and Aintree could well be on his agenda again.
This could prove to be a good confidence boost for Jury Duty who is without a win since this time 12 months ago.
Jockey David Mullins, having returned from a serious injury earlier in the season, has a good chance on GOLAZO (3.35, Down Royal) in the North Down Marquees Rated Novice Chase for his uncle, Willie.
The lightly raced bumper winner made a good start to his chasing career at Tramore last October but hasn't been seen since and doesn't have a strong field to contend with today.
Rider Barry O'Neill can land the Hamilton Architects Hunters Chase on WINGED LEADER (4.45, Down Royal) while in the concluding bumper Dermot McLoughlin's DELVINO (5.20, Down Royal) looks to be one of the most appealing bets on the card.
2.05 Getaway Gorgeous
2.40 Sunday At Julia's
3.15 My Club Colours
3.50 The Little Yank
4.25 Kitten Rock
5.00 Conright Boy
5.35 Anything Is Likely
DOWN ROYAL TODAY
1.50 Now Where Or When
3.00 Metal Man
4.10 Jury Duty
4.45 Winged Leader