Monday 27 January 2020

Penelope has Royal touch

Lady Penelope can strike for the O’Brien brothers
Lady Penelope can strike for the O’Brien brothers

The Ulster Cesarewitch ends the card at Down Royal this evening and could be yet another winner for the O'Brien brothers who seem to be able to turn up with live chances on the biggest days and at the lesser meetings at the moment.

Joseph and his championship chasing brother Donnacha can book-end the Down Royal fixture with LADY PENELOPE (1.40, Down Royal) in the first and then LINGER (5.45, Down Royal) in the finale.

Linger will contest the 2m2f contest off a rating of 78 having won his first start for O'Brien off 49 and while he has rocketed up through the weights, most notably after an emphatic Galway win, there could still be more to come over this trip from the six-year-old.

A faller last time out over fences, Linger returns to the level on this occasion and might just earn himself a crack at a more valuable prize with success today.

In the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, Lady Penelope should make it third time lucky.

This opening sprint maiden doesn't look the strongest event and if the rain transpires overnight it will be interesting to see how these pacey juveniles handle conditions.

However, experience should stand to Lady Penelope who was third on debut at Navan and then second at Tipperary last time out.

On all known form the depth of the following Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Maiden points to CRUELLA DOVIL (2.15, Down Royal) being good enough to score for Johnny Murtagh.

A colt with a similar profile to the opening selection is NATURAL POWER (2.50, Down Royal) who was third, then second, and can be expected to go one better now in the valuable Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden for Dot Love and Robbie Colgan.

Charlie O'Dwyer had an eventful day on Wednesday when riding a winner at Bellewstown after school and then getting unseated later when his saddle slipped, but the youngster can reduce his claim to 7lbs by proving a big plus to MOUNTAIN FOX (5.10, Down Royal) in the penultimate race of the day.

Down Royal

1.40 Lady Penelope

2.15 Cruella Dovil

2.50 Natural Power

3.25 Amelia Jane

4.00 Passing Trade

4.35 Quite Subunctious

5.10 Mountain Fox

5.45 Linger

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