IMPROVING: Gift Of Dgab
could go close in the big one
Gift Of Dgab
was a very good novice before losing his way a bit.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 5.50 Smuglin, 6.20 Mountskip, 6.50 Le Platino, 7.20 Smoothly Does It, 7.50 Gift Of Dgab
, 8.20 Storm Surge, 8.50 Midnight Gold.
We will keep the eightyear-olds for the time being, but the older horses can definitely go and that rules out Finian's Rainbow, Wishfull Thinking, Woolcombe Folly, Carrickboy and Gift Of Dgab
Gift Of Dgab
is difficult to assess after his long absence.
On his next start at Plumpton he faced a decent Tony Martin raider in Gift Of Dgab
, but simply blew him away with an impressive display.
RYAN'S SELECTIONS THE CURRAGH 1.55pm Dayrina 2.25pm Glor Na Mara 2.55pm Notgonnagiveup 3.30pm Regal Parade 4.00pm St Nicholas Abbey 4.30pm Notable Graduate 5.00pm Samain (Nap) 5.30pm Torpichen LIMERICK2.35pm Native Palm 3.10pm Gift Of Dgab
3.45pm Last Instalment 4.15pm Our Victoria 4.45pm Quito De La Roque 5.15pm Waaheb
A walk through one barn had Bog Warrior, Dedigout, Benefficient, Ted Veale, Golantilla, Umpact, Gift Of Dgab
, Wingtips, Sraid Padraig and promising bumper horses like Eight Chimes and Blackmail looking out at you.
The Gigginstown colours, in the winner's enclosure three times in Galway yesterday (thanks to the victories of Very Wood, Shrapnel and Band Of Blood), should also be noted in the Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle which the Tony Martin-trained Gift Of Dgab
looked potentially welltreated off a hurdle mark of 123.
THE Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, Ireland's most valuable steeplechase with a first prize of EUR141,000, holds centre stage today, with the possibility of a maximum 30-runner field - although the participation of Gift Of Dgab
, who fell three out in the Powers Gold Cup yesterday, is in doubt.
Tony Martin, left, relies on the classy, lightly-raced and unexposed Gift Of Dgab
, set to have his first run since falling in last year's Power Gold Cup.
Gigginstown House Stud, owners of Rathlin, are also represented by Gift Of Dgab
who was a remote second behind Flemenstar at Leopardstown in January and still holds an entry in tomorrow's Irish Grand National.