PAT KEANE: Quinola can prove equal to the task

QUINOLA Des Obeaux is the nap choice to land the Kilberry Novice Hurdle at Navan this afternoon.

The dual bumper winner should relish moving up to two and a half miles, the stiff track and heavy ground. He got off the mark over flights at the first time of asking at Limerick, cruising to a five lengths success over two miles.

That was a moderate race and a lot more is required now, but Quinola Des Obeaux is fancied to prove equal to the task.

Edward O’Grady and Andrew McNamara are enjoying a fine campaign and they can combine to take the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase with Osana.

A talented, but quirky, sort, he made a more than satisfactory start in this country, and over fences, when beating Roberta Goldback on this track last month.

The selection had some smashing efforts to his credit in England for David Pipe, including finishing runner-up to Katchit in last year’s Champion Hurdle.

Magnanimity, a costly failure when only third to Monastrell in a bumper at Down Royal, is given the benefit of the doubt in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Jumping is surely the true calling for this ex-winning pointer, who was second to Luska Lad in a maiden hurdle at Galway previously.

At Punchestown tomorrow risk a little on J’y Vole, likely to be the outsider of the five runners, in the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase.

She loves to travel right-handed, is a high-class mare on her day and certainly doesn’t deserve to be quoted at some of the extravagant prices on offer, considering she meets stable companion and highest rated in the contest, Barker, on only 3lbs worse terms compared to a handicap.

Jessica Harrington runs two in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Hurdle and one of them, Saludos, gets the nap.

He showed his true colours at Fairyhouse last time, making all the running to win by an easy seven lengths.

Huge De Vindecy, dropped in class, having chased home Quel Esprit here, is the one to be on in the Events At Punchestown Maiden Hurdle.

If Clonmel passes an 8am inspection in the morning then row in with Edward O’Grady’s Alaivan in the Powerstown three-year-old Maiden Hurdle tomorrow. A tough sort on the level for John Oxx - last seen when taking a Listed event at Gowran Park in July - he will surely know his job.


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