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Pat Smullen hoping Hisaabaat can deliver

Updated: Monday, 15 Oct 2012 13:59

Pat Smullen will ride Hisaabaat at the Curragh on Tuesday
Pat Smullen will ride Hisaabaat at the Curragh on Tuesday

Pat Smullen is beginning to lose ground on Joseph O'Brien in the race for the jockeys' title but will have high hopes that Hisaabaat can get him back on track in Tuesday's Curragh Finale Of 2012 Handicap.

Dermot Weld's gelding was one of the better juvenile hurdlers last season and will no doubt be using this as a pipe-opener before another winter campaign.

Recent Navan runner-up Eighteen Summers has an edge in fitness, though, and his trainer Jim Bolger unleashes a well-related newcomer in Ferrycarrig, a Manduro half-brother to the stable's 1000 Guineas placegetters Gile Na Greine and Cuis Ghaire, in the Curragh Membership 2013 Maiden.

The Coolcullen handler may also have the answer to the www.curragh.ie Nursery because handicap newcomer Whip Storm is less exposed than his opposition.

Weld saddles three in the opening Curragh Dining & Hospitality Options 2013 Maiden (1.45), and Smullen's decision to partner the 75-rated Cool Metallic suggests that nothing major is expected of debutant Pay Day Kitten, while Lucky Kitten failed to beat a rival home on his Dundalk introduction.

The one to beat is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Kingdom, who has run in races won by exciting prospects Eye Of The Storm and Trading Leather so far and he is still in the Racing Post Trophy.

It's been a long time since Wave was last seen in public, but O'Brien tries to capitalise on a potentially lenient rating in the Go Racing In Kildare Membership Handicap.

Her stable companion Ahimsa reverts to turf for the Curragh Gift Vouchers Handicap, although Fast On sets the best recent standard - providing Sunday's exertions at this venue have left no lingering effects.

Brinestine has been given slightly longer to get over his Navan breakthrough victory, but he still has just a six-day turnaround to defy in the Curragh On Facebook & Twitter Handicap.