Gor­don’s ready to Blow hot

Irish Daily Mirror - - CLASSIFIED - BY PETER O’HE­HIR

FOG could cause prob­lems for to­day’s eight-race card in Fairy­house where Blow By Blow, now with Gor­don El­liott, is due to make his ea­gerly-awaited hur­dling de­but.

Beaten on his de­but, Blow By Blow com­pleted a tremen­dous bumper hat-trick for Gig­gin­stown and Wil­lie Mullins in the early months of 2016, scor­ing at Na­van, Fairy­house and Punchestown.

At Fairy­house’s Easter meet­ing, he got the bet­ter of the classy Death Duty - a Grade 1 win­ning novice hur­dler last sea­son and a lead­ing fancy for a Grade 2 novice chase at Punchestown on Sun­day and ended his sea­son with a con­vinc­ing de­feat of Moon Racer and Bac­ardys in the Grade 1 bumper at the Punchestown Fes­ti­val.

Blow By Blow’s ab­sence is a con­cern and he’s sure to im­prove for the run. But, with Jack Kennedy on board, his class should see him through.

Else­where on to­day’s card, the com­bi­na­tion of El­liott, Kennedy and Gig­gin­stown might also strike with the pro­gres­sive Monks­hood in the INH Stal­lion Own­ers Novice Hur­dle, un­less the two and a half miles on the in­side track doesn’t pro­vide a suf­fi­cient test of stamina.

Open to im­prove­ment, this Down­patrick maiden win­ner is pre­ferred to 129-rated Minella Beau and Ae­g­los, third to sub­se­quent Grade 3 win­ner Just Jan­ice at Gal­way last time.

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