Friday’s fixture at Necarne kickstarts the annual two-day meeting at the Co. Fermanagh venue and it has attracted an entry of 84 horses across the six races.
Race 1 – Goffs UK Spring Sale 4YO Mares Maiden
Having been forced to settle for the runners-up spot on her debut HEAD AND HEART is expected to go one place better here.
It was a more experienced rival that had got the better of her at Fairyhouse and so with that opening effort under her belt she gets the marginal preference over the now twice-placed Motown Maggie.
Race 2 – ITBA 5YO Mares Maiden
Having finished fifth in a Punchestown Bumper on her debut back in March, ENDLESS ESCAPE showed likeable progression to finish a close third behind Aazza at Tipperary last month and would not take much further improvement to see her come home in front in this.
There are plenty of contenders however, including stablemates Ambitious Getaway and Honey Im Good, alongside Banogues Bonus and Arctic Oscar.
Race 3 – Albert Bartlett 5YO Geldings Maiden
GARDE DES CHAMPS was unable to hit the heights that he had raced to throughout the autumn campaign when running in a point-to-point bumper at Cork on Easter Monday. Formerly placed at both Oldcastle and Portrush, he could bounce back here.
Git Maker brings a similar level of placed autumn form to his, albeit on a softer surface, whilst the luckless Ibbenburen, Kingofthewest and Moore On Tour are others with real live claims.
Race 4 – Diageo Ladies Open
CREADAN GRAE got the better of the former champion pointer Eddies Miracle at Broughshane on what was his stable debut, and this good-jumping grey may be able to go one place better here.
Marinero is entitled to come on for his return run at Dawstown as it was his first outing since the end of November which would bring him into the reckoning alongside Vinnies Nephue.
Race 5 – INHSC Supporting Point-to-Points Winners of Three
ASK Dman has taken all before him since joining current connections and he should again prove too good for his rivals here despite appearing just seven days after winning at Broughshane.
Michaels Pick won an open at Tattersalls and is clearly in good heart at present which may leave him as best of the rest alongside Vinnies Nephue.
Race 6 – Mannok 6YO+ Mares Maiden
ROSE OF COOLBALLY was an eye-catcher when making her debut around Dromahane in December as she chased home the subsequent Hunter Chase-third Clounts Glory.
She has not been seen since, having been taken out of a Tipperary point-to-point bumper due to the change in going, but she could make a winning return here. The consistent Miss Mcgugen could be her main danger in this alongside Uppertown Mya.