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Russell has his sights set on a Downpatrick double

 

By Ron McKnight ·

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Double hope: Davy Russell

Champion jockey and Grand National winner Davy Russell can claim at least a double on today's Downpatrick holiday card.

The feature is the first race of the day, with Ger Fox on board Political Policy, who is taken to prevail. The selection ran twice at Bellewstown last week when winning and opening his account over hurdles.

Tranquil Magic and Count Simon, the latter ridden by Russell, are both course winners, while Niven is top rated in the contest for winners of one hurdle race. However, Fox can start with a winner in Political Policy.

Russell is taken to open his account in the maiden hurdle on Yougal By The Sea. The race is sponsored by leading equine vet Hugh Suffern, who stands Breeders Cup winner Conduit at his complex. The selection returned to action last week but notably is owned by Russell's father.

Blackwater trainer James Lambe has a pair engaged, including The Moore Factor, which carries the colours of Belfast lawyer Robert Sinclair, while Caledon-based Andy Oliver supplies the favourite in Go Guarantor - runner-up last month at the track.

Isle Of Destiny, Inishbel and Aasleagh Dawn make most appeal in the mares hurdle, with the first named possibly supplying more success for trainer Gordon Elliott and Russell.

Locally-trained Touchedbyanangel attempts to follow up success last time at the course in the North Down Hurdle, but the more experienced Siempre Amigos could provide trainer Gavin Cromwell with a double, while Lusis Naturea has place claims.

The JP McManus-owned Touch Base has solid placed efforts on recent starts, including runner-up at the venue, and can claim the handicap hurdle. Glan Y Gors and Anytime Now could supply the danger.

Tinnone ran well in defeat last time at Tipperary and can gain compensation in the long distance handicap, with former course winner Shipwreck and Damut I'm Out the dangers.

Trainer Mark McNiff is always worth noting at the track and his Pump Road could offer each way value.

The Elliott-trained Present In Court looks the likely favourite in the bumper having filled third on his debut. Mats Hill and James Boru are others to consider, with the latter already a dual points winner for Londonderry handler Noel Kelly. Northern Region champion rider Noel McParlan is booked for the ride.

SELECTIONS: 3.05 Political Policy 3.40 Youghal By The Sea 4.15 Isle Of Destiny 4.50 Siempre Amigos 5.25 Touch Base 5.55 Tinmone 6.25 Present In Court.

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Double hope: Davy Russell