Harrington unleashes Rock On
Jessica Harrington has decided to let the classy Rock On The Moor make her debut over fences in the EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase at Clonmel on Thursday.
Jessica Harrington (far left) with Rock on the Moor
Second to Vroum Vroum Mag in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, the eight-year-old starts her new career at Grade Three level.
"I'm out of the country at present but I've been told that she has been in very good form at home," said Harrington.
"Her schooling has gone well and we're looking forward to it.
"I prefer to start them off in a small field first time over fences so while it's a Grade Three, she's better off starting there than in a beginners' chase with a big field."
In contrast, Westerner Lady has plenty of experience over larger obstacles.
She has won on three of her four starts over fences but her unbeaten run of six races, which included three triumphs over hurdles, came to an end in a Grade Three at Cork on November 6.
If anything, though, she produced a career-best effort when finishing second to Alpha Des Obeaux, who had chased home Thistlecrack in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Willie Mullins said: "Westerner Lady had a hard race the last day.
"A reproduction of her run the last day would give her a great chance."
Strictly on ratings, it looks between those two, but Presenting Mahler and Vicky's Charm will be there to take advantage of any slip-ups from the market leaders, with Hello Sweetie and Thanks For Tea also running.
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