British raiders to Ireland are certainly common. Probably not common enough, but there is certainly nothing unusual about it. However, what has to be interesting is the fact that Yorkshire based trainers Adrian Nicholls and David O’Meara both send a runner each over to run at Tipperary Racecourse on Friday.
It is a long journey totalling circa 800 miles as a round trip and they aren’t going over there just to make up the numbers. It would cost a pretty penny just on the fuel alone so both horses will need to run well to justify being sent across the Irish Sea. Best of luck if you have a play and always bet responsibly.
Ronan Whelan has been booked to ride the David O’Meara entry Improvised in the Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes over the extended 7f. This filly was prolific in handicaps last year, and a repeat of her Listed second at Musselburgh in June of this year would bring her into the equation. Only fifth in a York handicap when last seen, she really needs to improve quite a bit to win this contest but she is entitled to take her chance.
The biggest British chance of the evening is without the Adrian Nicholls trained Tees Spirit, who will take his chance in the Listed Abergwaun Stakes over the flying 5f. This gelding has won four of his six starts this year, including winning an emotional Epsom Dash. He bolted up at Doncaster 13 days ago and although this is a step up in class, he is more than worthy of his place at this level.
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