Sibyl Charm looks primed for Listowel success

Joseph O'Brien is the trainer of Sibyl Charm
Joseph O'Brien is the trainer of Sibyl Charm

CONOR Stone-Walsh looks a young jockey to follow this season and he can bag another winner on Sibyl Charm at Listowel on Sunday.

The Wexford teenager has impressed plenty of people already this year and has hit the mark nine times in his fledgling career.

He has been getting plenty of outside rides but struck for his boss Joseph O'Brien at Fairyhouse the other day on Dancing Tango.

O'Brien gives his young team of jockeys plenty of opportunities and likes to make use of their claims in maidens and conditions events.

Taking 7lb off the back of Sibyl Charm now could make the difference in this six-furlong fillies' maiden where a few are rated close to each other.

The selection stayed on nicely when third to Ostraka in a solid-looking event at the Curragh nine days ago.

With that run under her belt she looks well placed to open her account now.

She is top rated in the field with a mark of 82 but two are just a pound inferior according to the handicapper.

Sweetest Rose has already been placed twice this term and connections drop her back in trip now.

A bigger danger may be the Jack Davison-trained Freedom Falls, who makes her seasonal debut.

This Muhaarar filly had some solid form last year, the pick of which was when chasing home the progressive Lord Massusus at the Curragh over this trip.

Jessica Harrington has her team in flying form and it would be no surprise if she bagged a few winners on the card.

Taipan looks an obvious one in the concluding conditions race, for amateurs, over a mile-and-a-half.

The 101-rated Frankel gelding has found another nice opportunity having won a similar contest down in Killarney last month.

Earlier Queen Of Seduction bids for a quick follow up win, under a penalty, in the two-mile handicap.

The Mastercraftsman filly won a maiden in good style at Roscommon on Thursday and connections aim to strike again while the iron is hot.

In the preceding seven-furlong handicap the Moyglare Stud-owned Portreath could be nicely treated.

The middle of his three maiden runs was the best, when fifth at Limerick and it's interesting that he is fitted with cheek pieces now on his handicap debut.


(next best in brackets)

1.35 Ashwiyaa (Zelestial)

2.05 Sibyl Charm (nap) (Freedom Falls)

2.37 Portreath (Rumbled Again)

3.07 Queen Of Seduction (All In Peder)

3.37 Narmar (Livio Milo)

4.07 Blue Wood (Manhattan Dandy)

4.37 Hurricane Helen (Atbay)

5.07 Taipan (dbl) (Female Soldier)