Big Debates: Has been in fine form with wins in Cork and Fairyhouse

Tyner’s scaled-down operation looking for a big pot with big debates looking for hat-tricks | Horse racing news

David Kean

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Big Debates: Has been in fine form with wins in Cork and Fairyhouse

David Kean

Robert Tyner is operating with a significantly reduced chain these days, but he hopes Great Debates can score a hat trick in Category A Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (2.12) at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

The ten-year-old scored with a header in Cork in November before following it up with a six-length success at Fairyhouse just before Christmas. He struggled on longer runs last season and won his last three starts at around two miles.

Pat Fahy’s Dunvegan, winner of Saturday’s €80,000 run 12 months ago, is entered again but Tyner is confident Big Debates, who are available at 5-1, can produce another great run.

“It was great to win the two races we did with him before Christmas,” said the coach. “He came out of the last race at Fairyhouse with a slight cut, but has been fine since. It’s a race of great prestige and a valuable pot too.”

Big Debates will face tough competition, with Liz Doyle-trained Cayd Boy leading early betting, while in Dunvegan’s last outing he finished fifth at Tingle Creek.

Tyner has had 133 winners in Ireland over the past ten seasons, but considerably reduced its activity after 33 years in May, citing burnout and rising costs. The Kinsale, County Cork-based trainer once had up to 90 horses but says he is happier after downsizing.

“It’s good so far,” Tyner said. “We appreciate it a lot more. It’s much more manageable. We only have about ten horses and we were able to give them more time. It’s more difficult for the little coaches now, but we’re happy with the way things are going.

Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap (2.12 Fairyhouse, Saturday)

Power of rice: 3 Cayd Boy, 4 Mt Leinster, 5 Big Debates, 6 Epson Du Houx, Fan De Blues, 7 Dunvegan, 8 Andy Dufresne, 10 Castlegrace Paddy, Now Where Or When, 12 bar

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