Monday, March 19
First Race: 2.25 (7 races)
The Daily Mirror Chase (4.30) is the
feature event on the rescheduled seven-race card at Down Royal on Monday where
the first is due off at 2.25pm.
Postponed last Friday due to a waterlogged course, the extended 3m2f contest has been reduced to just four runners including market leader Mala Beach, the mount of Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott who landed this event 12 months ago with Roi Des Francs and compliments of Roi Du Mee in 2015.
Elliott has a runner in six of the seven races on the card including top-weight Sir Carno in the Daily Mirror Novice Handicap (3.30) also partnered Russell, while the Cork jockey, crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival, is also booked aboard Icario in the opening Guinness Maiden Hurdle (2.25) and on Fire In His Eyes in the Guinness Rated Novice Chase (4.00). He faces Crosshue Boy here who turns out again quickly following his Wexford Saturday victory for Sean Doyle seeking his third success this month having also scored at Leopardstown on March 9.
The going at Down Royal is heavy, soft in places.