Charlie Swan looks to Make A Track for perfect send off

Former champion jockey hoping for swan song at Gowran to end career as trainer

Charlie Swan is handing in his training licence to concentrate on the bloodstock and sales side of racing. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Charlie Swan is handing in his training licence to concentrate on the bloodstock and sales side of racing. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

 

Charlie Swan is looking to Make A Track giving him the perfect send-off from training in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran on Thursday.

The former champion Irish jump jockey is handing in his licence at the end of the month, citing rising costs and dwindling numbers as the major reasons behind his decision.

He will concentrate on the bloodstock and sales side of the sport.

Make A Track will be the Co Tipperary-based handler’s last chance of winning a major prize and one that he took in 2002 with This Is Serious.

Conditional jockey Brian Cawley has been in the plate for most of his races recently, but Bryan Cooper, retained rider for owners Gigginstown House Stud, has opted to take the mount from their three runners

“He’s in good form and he will like the ground. Obviously, he’s quite exposed and has plenty of weight, so it’s fingers crossed,” said Swan.

“I was going to claim off him with Brian Cawley, but there’s been a change. Bryan Cooper wants to ride him. That’s a good sign, anyway.”

Gallant Oscar is having his first race over fences since unseating his rider in the Irish Grand National in April.

‘Fingers crossed’

“We’ve very happy with him since the last day. He’s schooled since and it’s fingers crossed he’ll give account of himself and take it from there,” said Martin.

Christy Roche expects Groody Hill and Sword Fish to put up bold bids.

The Co Kildare trainer was pleased with their latest efforts, Groody Hill running respectively in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown and Sword Fish winning at Fairyhouse.

“I’m hoping both run well. They both stay and they both like soft ground,” he said.

“Sword Fish has a low weight on his back which is a help and Tony (McCoy) was happy with Groody Hill the last day in the Paddy Power.”

Gordon Elliott was satisfied with Vasco Du Mee’s latest run when third to Portrait King at Punchestown earlier this month and feels his runner might get a portion of the decent pot on offer.

“He ran okay the last day. It’s good prize money so we’re taking our chance,” said the Co Meath trainer.

“I’m hoping we can sneak some of it, but it’s a competitive race.”

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