Saturday, 28 March 2015

Solwhit faces a Hurricane

Tom Red

Today’s meeting at Gowran Park featuring the Theyestes Chase has been postponed to Saturday and the Navan meeting on Saturday will be rescheduled. 

Tomorrow Friday is a blank day on the calendar and racing returns with a 1.05 pm start at Navan on Saturday and the weekend finishes with a fine card at Leopardstown on Sunday at 12.40 featuring 2 Grade 1 races, the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Arkle Novice Chase.

Dunguib, declared at the five-day stage declarations stage, is out of Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle due to a minor blood disorder leaving a possible six runners at the five-day declaration stage. 

Willie Mullins’ Hurricane Fly will face a maximum of five challengers, headed by the Charles Byrnes trained Solwhit, winner in 2010. Hurricane Fly will take on long-term adversary Solwhit, who won the race 12 months ago for trainer Charles Byrnes. Colm Murphy’s mare Voler La Vedette is the sole representative of the female sex in contention for the Grade One prize and is in good order for the race. Stable mate of the Fly, Thousand Stars, Robbie Hennessey’s 200 Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity, Duncan McCain’s unbeaten Peddlers Cross, likely to go to Haydock Park for the Champion Hurdle Trial make up the field. With prize money of over €110,000 on offer there is €22,000 for the runner up, €11,000 for 3rd and €4,400 for 4th, a great race is assured. The going at Leopardstown is currently described as soft.