McCoy to land double
Racing/Gowran Park preview: One of the major pluses arising out of the retaining of A P McCoy by JP McManus this season is the greatly increased opportunity of seeing one of the all-time masters of his craft in action on a variety of Irish racecourses.
At Gowran Park this afternoon McCoy will be riding a pair of likely winners Adarma and New Field belonging to McManus, but hailing from different stables - those of Christy Roche and Paddy Mullins.
The contrast between the pair is marked. Seven years ago Roche was aboard Desert King, the first of Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby winners but by that stage in his career Paddy Mullins was well on the way to hoisting 50 years as a licenced trainer.
Adarma (1.05) was highly impressive in beating The Screamer by eight lengths over fences at Cork and none of three rivals have got within a dozen lengths of the winners on their most recent starts.
That will be an armchair ride, but McCoy will need to work harder for his fee on New Field as in this case there are four winners amongst the opposition, three of them scoring last time out. However, Mullins has always liked New Field and he has yet to run a bad race either on the flat or over hurdles.
Another jockey whose style is very different from that of McCoy, but whose effectiveness is recognised by racing enthusiasts on both sides of the Irish Sea, is Paul Carberry and he, too, has a possible double for his retaining stable of Noel Meade.
My Native Lad (1.35) did not run to form behind Anyportinastorm at Fairyhouse but was previously second at Navan over hurdles to Monsieur Monet. Guantama Bay (2.35) has had a less active season than his stablemate and his first hurdle attempt when fourth at Punchestown to Kerryhead Windfarm was satisfactory.