Tennis Cap & Noras Fancy Receive Hefty Hikes

Mon 21st Jan 2013, 14:58

Tennis Cap & Ruby Walsh on their way to victory at Naas on Saturday
©Healy Racing Photos
By Donal Murphy
Tennis Cap & Noras Fancy have both gone up eleven pounds in the handicap ratings following their respective wins over the last week.

The former won a handicap hurdle by a convincing five and a half lengths at Naas on Saturday and he has now gone up to a mark of 126.

Noras Fancy won a Grade 2 Mares Novice Chase at Thurles on Thursday and the Jimmy Mangan trained 7yo has gone up to a mark of 135 as a result.

After finishing third in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles, the Paul Nolan trained Joncol has been dropped three pounds to a mark of 150 while Tranquil Sea, who finished fifth, has also been dropped three pounds to 150.

The Colm Murphy Quito De La Roque, who won the race in convincing fashion, has gone up six pounds to a mark of 161.

Sherika, who also won at Thurles, has been raised nine pounds to 102 while Drank N Drank who finished second to her has gone up three pounds to 116.

The Liz Doyle trained Reality Dose won a handicap chase at Naas on Saturday by twelve lengths and he has been upped nine pounds in the ratings to a mark of 102.


Tennis Cap up 11 pounds to 126

Sherika up 9 pounds to 102

Drawn N Drank up 3 pounds to 116

Kilmainhan up 3 pounds to 109

El Mondo down 3 pounds to 116

Moville down 4 pounds to 116


Noras Fancy up 11 pounds to 135

Reality Dose up 9 pounds to 96

Quito De La Roque up 6 pounds to 161

Tranquil Sea down 3 pounds to 150

Joncol down 3 pounds to 150

Valours Minion down 4 pounds to 77

Long Strand down 3 pounds to 106

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.