Sunday 17 December 2017

Tom Mullins: Alderwood and Fosters Cross in fine shape ahead of Wexford battle

Alderwood and Fosters Cross in good shape for Wexford


Tom Mullins reports stable stalwarts Alderwood and Fosters Cross in fine shape ahead of the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase at Wexford this evening.

The County Kilkenny handler is expecting big runs from the pair, with Alderwood switching back to fences after finishing fourth to Dedigout in the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle on his latest start.

"We think he's coming back now and this could be his best run of the season," said Mullins.

"We're very hopeful of a good run."

At the age of 13, Fosters Cross is the oldest of the 11 runners, but has been giving his trainer the right signs.

"He seems extremely well at home as well," said Mullins.

"The two could be in with a shout. Both are going well."

Robbie Hennessy feels this two-mile-three-furlong contest provides Rubi Light with a good opportunity.

"I think he's very well in himself," said the County Meath handler.

"It's a step down in class for him but that's why he's carrying joint-top weight.

"He's in great form. He did a piece of work the other day and Andrew Lynch was very pleased with him. All being well, he should take a bit of beating.

"It looks an ideal opportunity for him."

Rubi Light reappears on the back of a victory at Thurles three weeks ago when he had He'llberemembered eight and three-quarter lengths away in third place.

However, the latter has a decent turnaround in the weights, plus the services of 5lb claimer Paddy Kennedy, which gives trainer Paul Fahey hope of reversing the form.

"He's meeting Rubi Light on 8lb better terms and we're claiming off him, so we're better off for more than the eight or so lengths he beat us and hopefully he'll put in a big performance," said the Couny Kildare handler.

"He's in great form at home, so we'll see."

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