Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pat Fahy’s former Aintree Grand National runner, Morning Assembly, could be a big attraction at Kilossera on Sunday. Photo: Inpho.

The annual Dungarvan point to point races at Kilossera were postponed on Sunday last, due to bad weather and will now take place this coming Sunday January 28 at 12.30pm.
While the track was passed fit to race on Friday, it was decided committee and Turf Club officials would take another look on Saturday morning. With the overnight rain from Friday night and a forecast of more to come it was decided the best course of action was to take an early decision to postpone to allow patrons, trainers and jockeys plenty of notice.
With a warm week and no excessive rain forecast it is envisaged the course will be in very good shape this coming Sunday.
Entries will stand as per the initial meeting where a very healthy 79 horses were due to line up. With only one of those horses having run over the weekend it is envisaged bumper fields will be in place at the Kilossera venue. One very eye-catching entry is Pat Fahy’s stable star Morning Assembly in The Country Store Open. A former grade one winner at the Punchestown festival his last run was when finishing a very respectable eight in the 2016 Aintree National and the strapping son of Shantou will be a huge attraction among a stellar field including last year’s winner Minella For Value and recent winners Rue Hill and Sydney Paget.
Another notable aspect to the meeting will be the innovative use of a second camera to provide side on views of four of the five fences on the circuit. With side-on shots being so popular at UK racetracks, this terrific idea should greatly improve the punters views of the action on the big screen as it will capture the distinct beauty of horses jumping big obstacles at speed.
Racegoers should note that given the soft ground in the usual parking areas above the hill committee members request as many patrons as possible park on the main road and make the short five minute walk to the track.

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