Davy Russell will be aboard the three Charles Byrnes hopefuls
PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Scully 3:15PM 2 AUG 2016
CHARLES BYRNES and Davy Russell could be the toast of Roscommon on Tuesday evening, with punters having latched on to their three runners taking their chance at the meeting.
The three contenders appear to have plenty on their plates based on their recent form but have all been cut significantly across the board from their morning prices.
War Anthem is the first to take his chance in the maiden hurdle at 6.40. Despite finishing down the field at his two most recent starts, he is as short as 11-4 from 16-1.
Next up is Mr Smith, a formerly John Gosden-trained gelded son of Galileo, who will line up in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at 7.10. Soundly beaten in a handicap hurdle last month, Mr Smith is also a general 11-4 chance, in from 12-1 earlier.
Should that pair oblige, all eyes will be on Top Of The Town in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 8.10. It is more than a year since the gelding got his head in front but he is a general 3-1 favourite from 14-1 on Tuesday morning.
Paddy Power’s Paul Binfield said of the potential coup: “There’s certainly a bit of money around for this treble but we got on to it fairly early and cut the prices pre-9am.
“It wouldn’t be as serious as some of these types of gambles in the past but you can never take a chance with Charles!”
Liam Glynn of Boylesports added: “There has been some interest in them but nothing too significant.
“Our traders were on top of the plunges since early morning as Charles Byrnes is known for landing gambles in the past. We aren’t running scared just yet as the three runners need plenty of improvement based on their past few runs.”