Longer trip ideal for Casey Jones

CASEY JONES is a confident nap choice to land the Evening Racemeeting In May Novice Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon.

Noel Meade’s six-year-old has been crying out for three miles and will relish the good ground as well.

Essentially, Casey Jones hasn’t quite fulfilled the high hopes his trainer had for him earlier in the season, but he does look well capable of landing this.

He ran a race rich in promise at Fairyhouse last time, noted doing all his best work at the end when third behind stable companion Aitmatov and Davorin over two and a half.

Another who should like the surface is Tony Mullins’ Your Sum Man and he gets the nod to take the first division of the Bumper.

He was taking on some particularly smart sorts when a creditable third behind Kimberlite King and Woodbine Willie at Navan with subsequent winner Glenview Leader in fourth.

At Gowran Park tomorrow, Aidan O’Brien is fancied to take the first two races with Sorolla and Peeping Fawn.

Sorolla has been beaten by two useful horses in Chariots Of Fire at Cork and Consul General at Limerick and can land the Senior Golf Membership Available at Gowran Park Maiden.

Peeping Fawn gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden. The daughter of Danehill has a place and half a length to find with Regalline on their running behind Athenian Way at the Curragh.

The selection came from a fair way back, however, and it will be a surprise should more use not be made of her on this occasion.

Big attraction at Navan tomorrow will be the reappearance of Yeats in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes.

A proven Group 1 performer, he was last seen when taking seventh in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.

Prior to that, Yeats was beaten into second by Kastoria in the Irish Leger at the Curragh and produced brilliant displays to win the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup.

David Wachman’s once-raced Contest rates a solid wager in the Coolmore Aussie Rules Maiden.

The Danehill Dancer colt ran as green as grass when fourth to Celtic Dane at Limerick, giving the impression he would come on a bundle for the experience!

lHorse Racing Ireland has announced that there will be an additional National Hunt fixture at Fairyhouse on Tuesday, May 8.

This meeting will close for entries on Thursday, May 3 , with declarations to run to be made by 10am on Monday, May 7.

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