Friday 6 December 2019

Peregrine Run can soar high

Peregrine Run
Peregrine Run

One wouldn't want to get carried away with National Hunt racing in the summer months, but there has been some good jumping fare in recent weeks.

At Ballinrobe recently, the Peter Fahey-trained PEREGRINE RUN (6.10, Punchestown) was successful in the Mayo National and there was a lot to like about the manner of that performance.


Whether it's a summer race or a contest in the height of the winter months, you won't come across many horses that win a handicap chase off of top weight and a rating of 150 so there is an awful lot to like about this nine-year-old.

Fahey looks to have found a good opportunity in this Odds Boost Your Bets On The Ladbrokes App Chase where he faces four rivals and is rated higher than all.

The trip and the ground looks ideal for Peregrine Run and while Jett is only rated 4lb lower, this looks a very winnable opportunity for the selection.

Jockey Jack Kennedy made his return to action at Roscommon yesterday evening and looks to have a solid claim in the opening race with COUNT SIMON (5.40, Punchestown).

The five-year-old is a winner of his last two over hurdles and starts off over fences here in the Bet In-Play With The Ladbrokes App Beginners Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott.

On hurdle ratings Count Simon would come out well on top of his rivals and with a clear round he should be a welcome winner for Kennedy.


Later on the card, Kennedy's older brother Paddy can deputise for the injured Robbie Power on CITY BALLERINA (7.10, Punchestown) in the Ladbrokes Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Jessica Harrington's charge made an encouraging hurdling debut at Listowel just nine days ago before parting company with Kennedy at the second last.

If progressing for the benefit of that experience over flights, the Seán Mulryan-owned winner should go close.

Leopardstown bumper winner ASH HILL (7.40, Punchestown) would appear a promising jumper for Joseph O'Brien and Ronnie Bartlett.

The five-year-old won a bumper at Christmas and makes his hurdling debut in the Download The Ladbrokes App Maiden Hurdle and looks the pick on all known form.

Tom Foley introduces a rare JP McManus-owned runner for the stable in the bumper and Good Reception is a brother to the talented Curley Bill.

However, it is the Gordon Elliott-trained GUN MERCHANT (8.40 Punchestown) that is preferred.

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