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BALLINROBE
Thursday, September 21
First Race: 2.15
 
There is an all National Hunt card at Ballinrobe on Thursday with the first of eight races due off at 2.15. 
The most valuable race of the day is the €22,000 John Mulhern Mares Handicap Hurdle (3.50) which has attracted a field of eight. The Willie Mullins-trained Tay Lane is the current favourite in the hands of Ruby Walsh, although there has been good early support in the market for Just Janice from the John Kiely stable. 
The Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (5.25) sees the ultra-consistent Gibbstown from the Paul Stafford yard bidding to get back to winning ways under Adam Short. 
The going at Ballinrobe is currently soft to heavy.
 
 
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BALLINROBE

Tuesday, August 29

First Race: 4.25

The penultimate fixture of the year at Ballinrobe takes place on Tuesday where the first of seven races on a NH twilight card is due off at 4.25pm.

 

The €20,000 Hollymount Nursing Home Chase (6.55) over 2m 1f should be a lively betting affair despite a field of just five facing the starter. Three of the quintet are closely matched on official ratings and Ted Veale trained by Tony Martin comes here in good form having scored recently over hurdles at Sligo. Jessica Harrington’s Don’t Touch It is the highest rated runner in the field but must concede weight to his four rivals including The Game Changer who chased home Ted Veale at Sligo last time and is also reverting to the larger obstacles here.

 

Racing gets underway with the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4.45) with a dozen runners going to post. Piltown trainer Joseph O’Brien could well have the solution here with Valgor Du Ronceray, the mount of Shane Shorthall. Placed in two of his recent completed starts over fences, this return to the smaller obstacles could yield a winning bracket with long-absent dual bumper-winning mare Now Let Go a possible danger making the long trip from the Larne, Co Antrim yard of Stuart Crawford. O’Brien, who sends three runners to the western venue, has claims also in the Corrib Oil Handicap Hurdle (6.25) over 3m 1f with Let’s Twist Again. He faces 15 rivals under Mark Walsh bidding to step up on a couple of places efforts in similar company at Wexford and Sligo over a furlong shorter this summer. 

 

The going at Ballinrobe is currently soft.

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BALLINROBE
Tuesday, July 25
First Race: 5.40
 
It is back to Ballinrobe on Tuesday evening for some jumping action. The first of seven races is due off at 5.40. 
The most valuable contest on the card is the McGrath Limestone Works Ltd. Handicap Hurdle (7.40) and the Dessie McDonogh-trained Little Haarth, who won the race in 2016, is back to defend his crown under Davy Russell. The likely favourite is the Gordon Elliott-trained Presenting Julio who was a winner at Limerick on Saturday
Joseph O’Brien has his team in top form right now and he will be hoping his hot streak continues thanks to Treasure Chest in the Investec Rated Novice Hurdle (7.10). He is owned by JP McManus and will be ridden by Jody McGarvey. 
The going at Ballinrobe is good.
 
 
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BALLINROBE

Monday, July 24

First Race: 5.35

Palmones will carry plenty of local support when she bids to follow up last month’s course-and-distance win for Ballinrobe businessman and trainer Michael Flannery in the Win Big With The Tote Handicap (7.05).

Bought for €6,500 at Goffs in November after twice scoring for Andy Oliver, the Rock Of Gibraltar four-year-old gave Flannery his first win for more than five years when slipping through on the inside on the final bend to win by a length and a half under 5lb claimer Denis Linehan, who is back on board.

At nine, Vastonea is the oldest horse in the race and the Kevin Prendergast-trained gelding is bidding for a seventh win.

Vastonea’s biggest paydays have been at the Galway festival, where he won the valuable Topaz Mile in 2012 and 2014.

Heading the weights is the Michael Halford-trained Castle Guest, a seven-time winner whose most recent success was achieved over a mile at Leopardstown almost a year ago.

Dual winners Snoozing Indian and Remarkable Lady represent Thomond O’Mara and Harry Rogers respectively, while the Ado McGuinness-trained Rosenborg Rider, an all-weather winner over six furlongs for Ralph Beckett last year, completes the line-up.

With racing underway at 5.35, the ground at Ballinrobe is yielding to soft.

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BALLINROBE 

Tuesday, May 30

First Race: 6.00

Noel Meade has just one bullet in the chamber for the €40,000 McHale Mayo National at Ballinrobe on Tuesday, but it could be a potentially deadly one as the improving Net D’Ecosse fired a warning shot at Down Royal this month.

Successful in a beginners’ chase at Punchestown in December 2015, the Gigginstown-owned hope has not won since and has tended to throw in the odd sketchy jump, but he represents Meade’s in-form stable and is racing off a potentially lenient mark of 125.

Willie Mullins, another trainer operating at an impressive strike-rate, is represented by Sambremont and Retour En France.

It wouldn’t be a valuable handicap chase without a strong Gordon Elliott representation, and impressive Punchestown festival scorer Definite Ruby lines up alongside Jetstream Jack, who was a faller when still travelling well at the festival in a 2m4f handicap chase.

The McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle (7.00) is a competitive affair and Ellmarie Holden’s Lachares looks likely to be prominent in the betting.

The opening McHale Pro Glide Mower Range Novice Hurdle is underway at 6.00pm and the ground at Mayo’s only track is currently good.

 

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BALLINROBE
Sunday, May 29
First Race: 6.00
 
Ballinrobe stages a seven-race jumps card on Monday evening with the first of them due off at 6pm
The main event is the Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap Hurdle (7.00) which is worth a tasty €30,000 in prize-money. The Nutcracker will attempt to dance her way to glory in this valuable contest for the third year on the trot. Bidding for a slightly different hat-trick is Tellthemnuttin from the Willie Codd stable, who was successful on her last two starts at Wexford and Down Royal. The second of those arrived just three days ago by a winning margin of ten lengths and her trainer is trying to strike while the iron is hot. 
Stephen Mahon runs three in the Mulholland Bookmakers Handicap Chase (8.30) and Paul Townend will be on two-time course winner Usa. 
The going at Ballinrobe is good.
 
 
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