Genuine John is preferred to JJ Baboo
THE Dermot Weld trained JJ Baboo was unfancied when making his debut in a three year old maiden at Leopardstown recently but ran a respectable race to finish sixth behind Peace Offering. He will be expected to do much better in today's Claremorris Maiden at Ballinrobe which as usual stages the first of the season meetings west of the Shannon.
Preference is for the Kevin Prendergast trained Genuine John, who stayed on well to finish just over three and a half lengths third behind Proud Titania and Tikashar in the Madrid Handicap at The Curragh.
Willie Mullins has prospects of a double with Betterbebob in the Corrib Maiden Hurdle and Three Scholars in the River Robe Flat Race. The former was out of his depth behind Castlekellyleader at Punchestown following a three length second behind stable companion Malacca Kin at Clonmel. Three Scholars, a five length runner up to Blazing Imperial at Naas looks to have an even better opportunity in the bumper.
Back To Black, the two length winner of a handicap at Leopardstown last month, may, have Chuck's Treasure to beat in the Inishmaine Handicap.
The Rathcarren Maiden Hurdle as had to be divided. Durkin's Girl who won a bumper with considerable ease at Clonmel, can win the first division and I will leave the second leg to the Michael Hourigan trained Ozeycazey, a length runner up to Clashwilliam Girl at Limerick.
Trainer& Tony Carroll was fined £500 and jockey Richard Davis banned for five days under the non triers rule at Worcester yesterday. The pair were hauled before the stewards concerning the running and riding of new comer South West Express, who, finished 11th, beaten 24 lengths by Litening Conductor in division two of the Worcester Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. They were found guilty of schooling and conditioning in public after the stewards considered the four year old colt had been tenderly handled throughout the race.