Preists Leap: will not have the assistance of Philip Enright this yearPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Enright prefers Footy to Preists Leap in Thyestes
PHILIP ENRIGHT, successful aboard Preists Leap in theThyestes Chase for the past two seasons, has elected to ride recent winner Footy Facts over Thomas O’Leary’s top-weight in Thursday week’s Gowran Park showpiece.
Footy Facts defeated Hardy Eustace over hurdles at Punchestown on New Years Eve and Enright admitted on Saturday it was not an easy decision.
“I got a phone call from Thomas O’Leary this morning and he wanted a decision from me as he had Andrew McNamara lined up for the ride if I went with Footy Facts and I decided to stick with Robert Tyner’s horse,” said Enright, who first tasted big race success on Tyner’s Spring The Que in the 2007 Pierse Hurdle.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to get off a dual Thyestes winner but Robert has been very good to me down the years and it would have been very hard to get off his horse.”
Philip Enright: "wasn't easy"PICTURE: Caroline Norris
Before his 13-length defeat of Hardy Eustace, Footy Facts had landed a 2m4f handicap chase at Clonmel which resulted in a 9lb hike over fences.
“Even if Hardy Eustace wasn’t 100 per cent, Footy Facts was very good at Punchestown and if he puts in a clear round of jumping at Gowran he won’t be far away,” added Enright.
Footy Facts has attracted support and is a 7-1 chance (from 10-1) with Paddy Power while Preists Leap is 16-1 shot for the race, which is sponsored by horse feed company Tendrleen for the first time this year.