14/10/2015 Loughanmore  (soft)

 4yo maiden:   “A hell of a horse”

You can set your watch about Colin McKeever having an early one ready for a 4yo maiden and he duly obliged with his first runner at a northern meeting.

Blue Flight (C McKeever) by Blue Bresil 25- (R92)

McKeever and his patron Wilson Dennison produce a steady stream of very capable winners and this gelding looks no different. Already with Nigel Twiston-Davies, who acquired him privately, he has finished second in a Chepstow bumper on his first start.

By a French Group 2-placed stallion  who now stands in Britain Blue Flight’s attraction to Dennison was obviously a family with lots of winning relations and Paul Nicholl’s Ibis Du Rheu(by Blue Bresil) who won the Martin Pipe handicap at Cheltenham in 2016 off a mark of 139. Nicholls also has charge of his sire’s highest-rated runner Le Prezien who has won 5 times for JP MacManus. Twiston-Davies trained this horse prior to his sale to MacManus so is very familiar with the sire.

After his victory here, McKeever said “He will be a hell of a horse in time”.

Winners Of Two:

I don’t often recommend a 6yo from the pointing circuit but I think an exception should be made for Captain Cj especially since this three-time winner in 2017 has run third for Dermot Anthony O’Loughlin in what looks a decent Fairyhouse bumper in early December.

Captain Cj (D McLoughlin) by Westerner 23/11- (R97)

Every time this horse won the statements afterwards were very positive and my guess is that there is a LOT of future hope invested in his track career today. His bumper run was eye-catching and connections will probably be dreaming of having a useful horse that they probably acquired reasonably with just placed maiden form as a 6yo. Having reviewed his bumper run it was clear he was staying on again after two miles so he will be best over a trip in excess of this. Another great run at Leopardstown over Christmas (third at 7/1 in a bumper) would tempt you to save up for this horse when his sights are lowered or if he goes jumping.

15/10/2015 Loughrea  (soft/heavy)

4yo maiden:

A second 4yo winner within a week for Colin Bowe this time with:

Rath An Iuir (C Bowe) by Flemensfirth 33- (R91)

who scored on the line in a last gasp effort against a Pat Doyle-trained opponent. First impressions are not hugely positive as the calibre of opponent in his first two late-Spring maidens looks weak but horses can improve massively over the summer and, indeed, the very impressive Blue Flight (see above) finished well in arrears of Rath An Iuir on his debut last April. He fetched £100,000 at the November Sale and has since joined Rose Dobbin in Northumbria.

On account of a very attractive pedigree (half-brother to 6 winners) he was an expensive store purchase at €62,000 and connections took him home from the June 2017 Tattersalls Ireland June Sale mirroring the experience of Napoleon Blue covered in Week 1 i.e. they felt they weren’t getting the value deserved. His win here secured a decent profit and Colin Bowe will be on very good terms with himself so early in the season.

Foxrock won this race in 2012 followed by winners Uppertown Cave (career cut short) and Fact Of The Matter (5 wins for Jamie Snowden) although the last two winners have yet to score under Rules. Something of a curate’s egg! This looks a big buy for Dobbin – the only previous pointer purchase I can find cost her £20,000 – so there will be a lot invested in him.

5yo maiden:

Canyouringmeback (Thomond O’Mara/Con McSweeney) by Robin Des Pres 3- (R89)

Third to Minella Encore – winner of a recent Fairyhouse bumper for Willie Mullins – last January on his only start Canyouringmeback was an odds-on fancy to collect here and duly obliged under Jamie Codd. That January maiden looks very strong with fourth-placed Cowboy Des Long placed third in two maiden hurdles for Jimmy Mangan whilst the fifth-placed White Moon is already a dual hurdle winner for Colin Tizzard. What’s less encouraging is that the second in this Loughrea maiden, Well Tom, has been beaten out of sight in a recent maiden hurdle. However, you can only beat what’s put in front of you and I suspect Well Tom’s campaigning has been a little unplanned. Incidentally, this maiden was won by Cheltenham winner, Brindisi Breeze in 2011.

Canyouringmeback has joined Nick Gifford for £52,000 and is the fourth foal and by far the best progeny, so far, of a dual bumper winner who saw plenty of action during her racing career. Can this sometimes have a negative effect on a mare’s offspring? McSweeney will have been thrilled with this result as he paid just €7,000 for the 3yo store.

Predictions on Canyouringmeback’s UK career are straightforward based on the trends of history: Of 8 previous maiden point winners (4 & 5yo maidens) by Robin Des Pres, who died in January 2017, 7 subsequently moved to the UK and all except one won under Rules. They achieved success at a modest level and usually needed a number of runs to get their eye in. My glance at past results suggests they tend to be reliable performers when they are fancied in the market. The only horse to remain in training in Ireland is Oliver McKiernan’s All For Joy and following his point win last April was recently a decent second in a Thurles bumper in November on his only subsequent start. It was a taking performance – he had a Mullins’ hotpot in third – and he could be worth noting.

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