Hisaabaat may be just what the doctor ordered after Flemington flop
NAAS PREVIEW:Dr Ronan Lambe’s well-known purple colours didn’t figure at the end of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup when Galileo’s Choice faded out of contention at Flemington racecourse but Hisaabaat can carry them back to the winner’s enclosure at Naas today.
Last season’s dual-Grade One winner tops the weights in the Grade Three Fishery Lane Hurdle and can show the benefits of a recent pipe-opener on the flat at the Curragh.
The Dermot Weld-trained star proved last winter he is a very different proposition over flights with a pair of top-flight victories at Punchestown and Leopardstown and a second in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
He wound up the 2010-11 National Hunt season with a disappointing effort in France but remains a 33 to 1 outsider in ante-post betting for the Champion Hurdle next March and Weld’s decision to allow him concede weight all-round here looks significant.
Unaccompanied landed this race 12 months ago for the Curragh trainer and forecast heavy ground conditions may impact less on Hisaabaat than the course and distance winner Jezki.
Barry Geraghty is on home duty and Operating looks a prime contender for the former champion jockey in the opening maiden hurdle.
However, it is top amateur Colman Sweeney, and not ,Geraghty, who is on board Teelin Star in the Beginners Chase.
Teelin Star unseated Geraghty at the very first fence at Limerick last month and so Sweeney, who rode Pat Hughes’s highly-rated prospect in two point-to-points and a pair of bumpers, is back in the hot-seat this afternoon.
Moscow Chief should be hard to beat on his jumping debut considering the form boost his bumper defeat of Caoimhe’s Delight got during the week and it will be interesting to see if there are market moves for Willie Mullins’s newcomer City Slicker in the bumper.