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Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

McGuinness hoping Rivellino can roar to seaside success

Adrian McGuinness has been successful at Laytown's unique beach racing meeting
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Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness has been no stranger to success at Laytown and bids for more on Tuesday as he saddles seven runners.

Guanabara Bay, a fast-finishing winner at Down Royal this summer, will attempt to get the trainer off to a flyer in the opening At The Races Handicap after having little luck in running on his last start at Galway.

"I've been lucky on the beach teaming up with Declan McDonogh, who partners this lad," said McGuinness.

"I think they'll go fast up front, which should suit him, and we'd be hoping he'll run a big race."

Adrian Keatley saddles Mo Henry, a real money-spinner for the Curragh-based trainer who ran a fine race in defeat on his latest outing.

"He's very consistent but has to lump a big weight," said Keatley. "We're hoping the beach can spark him, and he should be thereabouts."

Rosenborg Rider is drawn in stall one for McGuinness in the Melbourne10 partnership-sponsored contest, enjoying the opportunity to run off his turf mark rather than all-weather rating.

McGuinness said: "He's 9lb lower than his all-weather rating and the ground was too soft for him last time at Ayr – we're expecting him to run very well."

The card concludes with a pair of competitive qualified riders' affairs, with McGuinness well-represented in both.

He said: "Rivellino likely represents our best chance of a winner, with Lisa O'Neill aboard after running well in a premier handicap last time at Dundalk. There doesn't look to be any horses of that calibre here.

"We're expecting a big show and, if he runs the same race as three starts ago in the Scurry at the Curragh, he'd surely take plenty of beating." 

Keatley saddles Dark Alliance, a smart performer on his day, with the trainer saying: "The ground went against him last time but he should have a good chance under Patrick Mullins."

Of his runner in the finale, McGuinness said: "Military Hill is wrong at the weights but the capable Tom Hamilton takes off a valuable 5lb."

Gordon Elliott also boasts strong claims in the qualified riders' contests and said: "Jamie Codd rides both of ours, which is always a big help in these races.

"We're happy with Knockmaole Boy and the trip should suit him. Zanjabeel is usually good in the stalls but refused last time at Bellewstown. He should run well if we can trust him to break well."

Laytown card

We're expecting a big showing and, if he runs the same race as three starts ago in the Scurry at the Curragh, he would surely take plenty of beating
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