Horse Racing

Today’s Irish Racing previews – Saturday September 2nd

Horse racing. File photo: Edward Whitaker

WEXFORD
Saturday, September 2
First Race: 2.00

Since joining Colin Bowe’s stable this summer, Sharlanda has won three of her four starts and the in-foal mare will be bidding to continue her fine run of form in the Sulzer Novice Chase (4.20) at Wexford.

The in-form mare will be partnered by Sean Flanagan, who rode a double at Down Royal on Friday.

Local Gorey-based trainer Liam Kenny has reason to be excited about his runner A Rated, who was a very impressive winner of a beginners’ chase at Kilbeggan last month.

The six-year-old has already won his point-to-point and, just as he was for the Kilbeggan win, he will be partnered again by Barry O’Neill.

Racing at Wexford begins at 2.00pm with the Audrey McGrath Memorial Maiden Hurdle and the Willie Mullins-trained Glorious Legend looks set to be a popular choice among punters. The ground there is good.

NAVAN
Saturday, September 2
First Race: 1.45

Just five runners are set to go to post for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (2.20) at Navan.

At the weights the Aidan O’Brien-trained Intelligence Cross looks to have every chance of getting back to winning ways, but Sheila Lavery’s Mr Scarlet should not be underestimated.

Mr Scarlet is without a win all season but has shaped as though he is not out of place in races of this class, and he will be partnered by title-chasing Pat Smullen.

Only six will go to post for the 5f premier nursery (3.30) at Navan in which the Fozzy Stack-trained Sirici brings a good level of class to the table.

The daughter of Choisir did not read the script when she turned over odds-on favourite Actress in a stakes race over this trip at Tipperary two starts back, and was last seen chasing home Treasuring at the Curragh.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Brick By Brick, winner of a 5f Curragh maiden last time, the Dermot Weld-trained India Rain and Blue Uluru, trained by Ger Lyons, all look dangers.

The field is completed by the Mick Mulvany-trained My Silver Nails, and Red Persian, who has been fitted with a visor and is tackling this trip for the first time for Patrick Prendergast.

With racing at Navan underway at 1.45pm, the ground there is yielding.

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