De Bromhead hoping Riviera Sun can shine brightly off low weight
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The Henry de Bromhead-trained Riviera Sun landed his first handicap chase at Sligo last time and creeps in here on a low weight.
The seven-year-old was a 123-rated hurdler and his chase mark of 116 looks like it could be exploited. If he is to step up from that first chase success, his jumping may need to improve as he was slow at times at Sligo and this is a much stiffer task.
Jockey Mark Walsh has chosen him over the other JP McManus-owned contender My Hometown. Trained by Enda Bolger, My Hometown won his point-to-point and maiden hurdle in December 2014 but has yet to light up the track and this is his first start in a handicap under Robbie Power.
Draycott Place is the only course-and-distance winner in the line-up and John Ryan has opted to take 3lb off his back by using the highly talented Donagh Meyler.
The JP McManus-owned My Hometown is the only horse in the line- making his handicap debut.
What they say
John Ryan, trainer of Draycott Place
He didn’t jump well in the Clonmel Oil on Thursday and lost interest and became detached. It’s a quick turnaround but he didn’t really have a race and he seems fine. He won at this course last month, which was probably a better race, and is capable of winning this, although his weight is a bit of a worry. Donagh Meyler knows him well and takes 3lb off his back. He'll take all the beating if he’s in any kind of form.
James Nash, trainer of Leap Dearg
He'll love the ground and he seems to run well at Cork. Paul [Townend] said he may have needed it the last day when he travelled well. I'd be disappointed if he was not involved.
Denis Cullen, trainer of Dysios
He's fit and well and ready to start over fences. He's had a recent run on the Flat and that should have brought him on as well. It’s a competitive race.
Dermot Anthony McLoughlin, trainer of Westerners Son
It’s his first run of the season and I hope he can be competitive. It’s a good little race and he likes the ground. I'd say we’ll step him up in trip after this.
Enda Bolger, trainer of My Hometown
It’s his first run back after a break so we're hopeful of a nice run.
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Riviera Sun
He won nicely at Sligo but it’s a competitive-looking handicap. He seems to be in very good form.