Richard Pugh is back with his regular point-to-point section on At The Races, and this week he joins John Hunt in flagging four more Irish pointers for your ATR Tracker. The action started at Damma House where HIGHATE HILL would win impressively by five lengths.
It looked a strong staying performance by the son of Presenting, who jumped incredibly accurate late in the race. Trained by Denis Paul Murphy, this four-year-old is from the family of the smart Otago Trail and the top-class Champagne Fever. After getting off the mark at the fourth attempt, he may now be starting to find his way.
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A change of track and sex now as we moved to Moig South where a mare by the name of COSTLY DIAMOND would catch Richard’s eye in victory. Trained by Ashleigh Murphy, the four-year-old daughter of Mahler went on to break her maiden by 2½ lengths, beating a Colin Bowe-trained horse back in second.
Making-all the running, Costly Diamond, like our first horse, appeared to jump well late, handling the sharp turn into the straight with aplomb before going on to score in ready fashion. She was a cheap three-year-old purchase last year at Goffs for £2,500, but that now looks cheap on the back of this success.
Staying at Moig South for our third eyecatcher, a horse by the name of LOU TREK impressed in a six lengths win for the Michael Goff team. Sent off 5/4f, the market appeared to get this race spot on where the winner is concerned.
Under Shane Fitzgerald, the pair looked to have this race sewn-up turning for home, the jockey always looking confident, before asking his mount to settle matters. Despite jumping slightly right at the last pair of obstacles, the son of Linda’s Lad would go on to score in handsome fashion, with Richard seemingly quite taken by the performance.
Finally, again at Moig South, only a short-head separated PICANHA and DEFUTURE IS BRIGHT with the former just coming out on top in what looked a titanic battle. Both horses are probably worth putting in your ATR Tracker as they came a distance clear of the rest.
The winner is by Malinas and from the family of smart handicap chaser The Package while Defuture Is Bright is a Westerner horse with a pedigree laden in stamina, given his dam is a sister to smart 4m chase winner Tricky Trickster.
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