TONIGHT’S big jumps meeting in the US at Percy Warner in Tennesse, has a strong Irish angle despite no representation in the big Grade 1 contest.

The Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes is on a seven-race card - three of which are stakes races worth $475,000. Former US jumps Eclipse Award winner Snap Decision is a dual winner of the race. He made his 2024 debut at Middleburg three weeks ago, taking his third Grade 2 Temple Gwathmey in four years while giving weight to his opponents drawing clear of a solid field by eight lengths.

He is a worthy favourite for the big race at 9.40pm.

Noah And The Ark put up the biggest upset of 2022 with an off-the-pace win over Snap Decision in the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Aqueduct, though receiving a lot of weight from the second. The Todd McKenna-trained 10-year-old followed it up with a second at level weights to the eventual 2023 Eclipse Award winner Hewick in the Grand National at Far Hills.

Danny Mullins has six mounts on the day and rides the former British-trained Sebastopol for Jack Fisher who could be suited to this.

Gordon Elliott is involved with two runners with Sam Ewing taking the mounts and Irishmen Paddy O’Hanlon, Ryan Treacy and also in action on the card.

Roboreti is a six-time raced maiden hurdles over hurdles and contests a maiden hurdle here and graded placed Andy Dufresne runs in the final race, a timber allowance race over three miles.

Also in action on the card is the one-time Derby fancy High Definition, now in the care of Leslie Young for whom he won a Middleburg contest over ‘national fences’ last month.


On the flat at Belmont At The Big A the feature is the now down-graded to a Grade 2 Man o’ War Stakes (8.39pm) where the Appleby/Godolphin team are represented by Silver Knot and Flavien Prat again partners Silver Knott on who he won the Grade 2 mile and a half Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April. Frankie Dettori takes the reins on Nations Pride, the son of Teofilo who was a Grade 1 winner in Woodbine and at Munich last season and his form ranks over his eight rivals.

Kertez, a former French campaigner who won Gulfstream Park’s Grade 2 Pan American in his US debut for trainer Christophe Clement could be the danger.