Bright New Dawn: Paul Carberry partners hat-trick seeker at FairyhousePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Carberry aiming for another Bright day
EASTER weekend at Fairyhouse has been part of Paul Carberry’s life since he was a toddler and the 40-year-old will head to his home track today seeking a fifth success in the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup.
Carberry partners 4-1 shot Bright New Dawn for Gigginstown House Stud and Dessie Hughes in the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup, the longest-running sponsorship in Irish jump racing, the contest being first staged in 1960.
Carberry’s previous success in the race is in stark contrast to others involved, as no other jockey, trainer or owner represented today has tasted victory.
Successful on Thari, Conna Castle, Aran Concerto and Realt Dubh, Carberry will be partnering the hat-trick seeking Bright New Dawn for the first time in what, with four runners, is the smallest field for the race since he rode Conna Castle to victory over three rivals in 2008.
Hughes is expecting a big run from the seven-year-old in a contest that has been won by Arkle, Fort Leney, Captain Christy, Bobsline, Carvill’s Hill, Dorans Pride and Flemenstar.
Hughes said: “Bright New Dawn is in in good form. He’s a good mover and we’ve always thought he’d like good ground. Rebel Fitz should be hard to beat as he’s got his ground. It’s another step up the ladder for our fellow and hopefully he’ll be up to it.”
Willie Mullins came closest to getting his name on the roll of honour in 2009 when Barker was denied by Aran Concerto by a short head, and Ireland’s champion trainer is represented by Ballycasey, winner of the Grade 1 Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown in February before finishing fourth in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last month, and Mozoltov.
Fairyhouse: Good to yielding
Musselburgh: Good to firm (watered)
Plumpton: Good, good to firm in places (watered)
Towcester: Good, good to firm in places (watered)
Alan King has form figures of 1511 with his last four runners in the opening novice hurdle at Towcester (2.15), in which he saddles Roberto Pegasus
Fergal O’Brien is 10-44 (23%, +£3.92) at Towcester since 2012. His Tinelyra can add another victory at the course to his profile in the 2.45
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive