In a new section of jumpsracing.co.uk we are going to look at some of the biggest stories from across the Irish Sea and our Irish Angle will pick up some of the finest performances from the Emerald Isle and profile what races they could be targeting throughout the National Hunt season. Check out all the latest Irish jumping news here.
The Tullow Tanks To Debut Chasing Success At Fairyhouse
Dessie Hughes's The Tullow Tank made an imperious chasing debut at Fairyhouse and the bookmakers were quick to slash the six-year-old in various novice chase markets for the Cheltenham Festival in March. Sent off a 4/7 favourite in a race that saw Mala Beach line up, the son of Oscar produced an excellent round of jumping and eased five-and-a-half lengths clear of his nearest rival. Second to Vautour in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, the gelding formally trained by Philip Fenton, was always expected to excel over fences and he did just that for new pilot Adrian Heskin and is now a best-priced 8/1 shot for the JLT Novices' Chase and 16/1 for the RSA Chase.
Could Meade Be On Road To Gold Cup Riches?
Noel Meade's Road To Riches may have slipped slightly under the radar in the build-up to the JNWine Champion Chase at Down Royal, but backed into 9/2 the Galway Plate winner produced a superb lead-all-the-way success to victory in the Grade 1 showpiece and was immediately cut to 25/1 for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. Willie Mullins unleashed a dual-pronged attack in the shape of Boston Bob and On His Own, with Mouse Morris's First Lieutenant another notable runner, but they could never feature and it was to be Paul Nicholls's Rocky Creek who was the biggest danger to Meade's progressive gelding. However, he breezed clear in the closing furlongs to win by 11 lengths and launched his name as a potential Gold Cup contender come March.
Wood Very Impressive At Galway And Cut For RSA
Last season's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner Very Wood kicked off a career over fences in decent fashion as he landed a Galway prize by one-and-a-half lengths. He jumped well throughout the contest and Noel Meade is set to gradually progress him up the ladder and the premier three-mile chases are on his radar. Currently a 20/1 shot for the RSA Chase, the five-year-old still has a long way to go, but he showed at the 2013 festival that he excels in the spring and could be one for the notebook.
Cossack Floors Charm At Down Royal
Paul Nicholls's Wonderful Charm was sent off an odds-on favourite for the Grade 2 Powers Whiskey Chase at Down Royal at the weekend, but the Ditcheat inmate was no match for the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack, who romped to an eight-and-a-half length success in the 2m 4f contest. He was hustled along by Bryan Cooper to get in contention, but he picked up in terrific fashion and eased clear to force bookmakers to cut him to 20/1 for the Gold Cup and he is a best-priced 12/1 for the Ryanair Chase.
Jezki And Fly Set For Epic Morgiana Battle
Reigning Champion Hurdle hero Jezki could kick off his campaign in the Morgiana Hurdle on November 16 and Jessica Harrington's stable star is set to lock horns with Hurricane Fly, who will bid for a third successive victory in the Punchestown Grade 1 event. These two heavyweight hurdlers dominate the list of entries and the bookmakers are struggling to split them as Harrington's raider aims to frank the form with Willie Mullins' veteran from last season's epic Champion Hurdle race at Cheltenham.
Robin The King In Grade 2 WKD Hurdle
Colin Bowe's Little King Robin produced a brave performance to see off Arctic Fire in the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle at Down Royal, and the six-year-old winning machine was duly slashed to 8/1 for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle. In a division that has a gargantuan chasm to fill following the retirement of six-times winner Quevega, a new name will need to be etched into the roll of honour, and the manner in which Bowe's pocket rocket fought off his Co. Carlow rival then who's to say she can't excel around the undulations of Prestbury Park come the festival.