Irish Racing Preview


Monday, August 12

First race: 5.40pm (7 races)

Jumping action takes place at Ballinrobe on Monday evening starting at 5.40pm with the Burleigh Accountancy Handicap Hurdle the richest race down for decision at 7.10pm.

Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Gavin Cromwell has enjoyed several wins in Britain this term with Lever Du Soleil, who heads the eight-runner field for the feature, and the recent Galway runner-up is partnered by promising 7lb claimer Conor McNamara. Cromwell also runs light-weight Father Ailbe in the hands of Jonathan Moore, runner-up on the Flat at Galway last time.

Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand and is doubly represented too with Smiling Eliza, who only got as far as the first fence on her chasing debut, and Authorizo carrying the famous Gigginstown House Stud.

Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins sends just one runner to the western venue with newcomer Pencreek facing six rivals in the Cummins Homevalue Hardware Bumper (8.40). His champion amateur son Patrick takes the mount and the field also includes another notable newcomer Tuatha De Dannan from the in-form Joseph O’Brien stable with Tom Hamilton in the saddle.

The going at Ballinrobe is soft.

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