Weekend Racing Preview – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

It’s no exaggeration to say this is one of my favourite weekend’s racing of the year with the combined action both sides of the Irish Sea writes DAVY RUSSELL.

The trouble is though the weather looks like spoiling the fun. Sad to see Newcastle called off. Like everyone else I was looking forward to seeing Constitution Hill once again. Despite what the betting said, as I always say there are no gimmes when it comes to Grade 1 races. They still have to go out there and walk the walk and he had some new candidates to deal with.

Newbury need to pass a 7.30am inspection and I’d be concerned about the weather forecast. As usual it’s a cracking card with the Coral Gold Cup (2.50pm) the feature. It was a race I never managed to win but came so close on Whisper in 2017 when we were just pipped at the line by Total Recall (pictured below).

It looks likely to stay in England this year. Of the Irish challenge I thought Mahler Mission looked a little high in the weights and prefer Gavin Cromwell’s Stumptown


who proved he could handle the ultra tough handicap chases with a close second in the Kim Muir back in March.

There were two at bigger prices that I thought could run well. Ahoy Senor


made a bad mistake in the Charlie Hall and was never travelling after that. I’d be inclined to forgive him that as he has plenty of talent. With the (Lucinda Russell) stable in such good form I could see him running a big race.

I also like the look of Our Power


who gets in with a fighting weight and should come on plenty for his spin over hurdles here in Newbury earlier in the month.

Back here in Ireland it’s a fantastic weekend of racing in Fairyhouse and I’m hopeful both days will go ahead.

I know they are inspecting ahead of Saturday but my gut feel is it’s more precautionary as the course were raceable today (Friday).

There’s plenty of good action on Saturday’s card but I am going to focus on Sunday for their blog.

It’s a terrific day – three Grade 1’s in a row and a day that really draws in the crowds pre-Christmas. The Hatton’s Grace is a race I love and the history of it is incredible. Istabraq (2), Limestone Lad (3), Solaria (3), Apple’s Jade (3) and Honeysuckle (3, pictured below) all on the roll of honour as multiple winners.



11.55am Bar One Racing “Bet 10 Euros Get 50 Euros Sign Up Offer” Irish EBF Mares Handicap Chase 2m 4f

The mares get us underway with a decent handicap chase. I’m keen on Time To Rocco who has won here over hurdles and Danny Gilligan takes off a useful 5lb.

12.25pm Bar One Racing “Price Boosts Across All Channels” Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m

Lots of unknowns here but I have to respect the chances of Gordon’s (Elliott) Kala Conti. She has done everything asked of her – winning a Point in May and then powering home in grand style at Navan a couple of weeks back. Listen, it was a weak race in the context of this step up in grade but she did it in such good style and has worked well since that I think she could easily progress.

12.55pm Bar One Racing “Guaranteed Overnight Prices” Porterstown Handicap Chase 3m 5 1/2f

I know I seem to be following The Little Yank off a cliff but I am convinced he is going to get his day and gain reward for his consistency, He put in another big effort when fourth in the Cork National the last day.

1.25pm Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

The first of the Grade 1’s and it’s not often you see Willie Mullins with two runners at such big prices – Bialystok and Horantzau D’airy are his runners. I could easily see this going to a bigger priced runner and I like the look of Fascile Mode who won really easily in Punchestown and the stables runners usually progress well.

2.00pm Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

Just the five runners but an intriguing race pitching together the experienced Sharjah and I Am Maximus against some up and coming chasers. They include Gordon’s Found A Fifty who I am keen on. I was on him when we won over hurdles here and there was plenty to like about his chasing debut at Down Royal where he made all the running and jumped really well. He seemed to enjoy it and might be able to hit the top level over the larger obstacles.

2.35pm Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4 1/2f

Impaire Et Passe (pictured below) has yet to taste defeat in five starts and is already proven twice at this level. He’ll again prove a tough nut to crack. I wouldn’t completely rule out his stable companion Ashroe Diamond. She’s a Grade 1 winner herself over course and distance winning the Honeysuckle Mares Novice Hurdle here in April and did it in some style too. She gets the mares allowance and might be the value in the race.

3.10pm Bar One Racing “Paying Extra Places Daily” Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m

Gordon has let Jack off to ride one for Noel (Meade) so I think you have to respect the chances of The Model Kingdom who has been knocking on the door and Noel usually does well here. Gordon’s Media Naranja gets in here with a nice racing weight and should find this easier than the Grade 3 where he was a good third the last day.

3.40pm Bar One Racing “Guaranteed Multiples All Shops” (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race 2m

This can usually thrown up a good one and I like both of Gordon’s here. Bleu De Vassy who has the experience but I just prefer Undeniable Alibi who strikes me as a lovely horse and I’ve been impressed with his home work so far. This is his first day at school having won a Punchestown Point back in February.

Good Luck




Author: Eugene Morris