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racing: First victory will come In Time today.

Byline: Peter O'HEHIR

BANK on Dermot Weld's In Time's Eye to gain a belated first win at Fairyhouse today.

A son of Singspiel, In Time's Eye has not run since finishing a disappointing seventh behind High Chaparral in the Budweiser Irish Derby more than three months ago.

Beaten little more than nine lengths, Weld's charge started third favourite for that Classic, having failed by only a length to take advantage of the 7lb he was receiving from High Chaparral in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown in May.

And, on his only juvenile start, In Time's Eye separated Sorcerous and Millstreet in a hot Leopardstown maiden last October.

Such form makes Pat Smullen's mount an automatic choice to get off the mark in today's Maiden, despite a lengthy absence from the track.

Successful over a slightly longer trip here on Saturday, Indy Carr should be capable of following-up for Pat Flynn and apprentice Richie Kiely in the 12 furlong Fairyhouse Hospitality Handicap.


Although immediate victim Cifonelli flopped at Navan on Wednesday, the pair finished six lengths clear of the remainder. And Indy Carr won with plenty in hand. So a 5lb penalty might not prevent Flynn's mare following- up.

And another of Saturday's winners, Peace Angel, could prove a tough nut to crack in the Clonalvey Handicap.

Davy Condon poached a clear lead early in Saturday's race over course and distance. That tactic probably proved decisive as she had her rivals at full stretch soon after half-way and beat Triple Gold, which reopposes here, more easily than the one-length winning margin suggests.

Peace Angel must shoulder a mandatory 5lb penalty but should still prove difficult to beat.

Jim Bolger's filly Addario looks a moody customer but, despite a disappointing effort when well-fancied at Listowel last week, is afforded another chance in the opening Palmerstown Nursery.

lDAVENPORT Milenium, winner of the Emo Oil Champion Hurdle at Punchestown last April, was the subject of a significant bet yesterday ahead of his seasonal debut in the John James McManus Memorial Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.

Ladbrokes' Newbridge shop laid a EUR2,000 bet at 12/1 on the Willie Mullins- trained six-year-old for the 2003 Champion Hurdle before trimming him to 10/1.


TIP: Smullen rides In Time's Eye
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2002
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