This week is flying by racing fans and its already time to look at Friday’s racing action. This week, I’m heading off to Downpatrick to check out a pretty hot Jumps card. There is also a pretty cracking Jumps meeting at Navan on Saturday, which I may well have some betting tips for once the prices go live.
But what I will most definitely be doing is putting together a runner-by-runner guide for the final Classic Flat race of the season, the Group 1 St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster on Saturday.
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You all know that I can’t stay away from the Jumps action for long, so on Friday we are off to Downpatrick, where there is a really decent card. I have three selections for you to check out and all of them are totally unexposed and open to plenty more.
The opener at Downpatrick is an interesting Maiden Hurdle, where Willie Mullins runs Nt Field Minnesota. She got turned over on her debut run at Tramore, at a very short price, having failed to find anything in the closing stages. That said, she still needs to be respected here, as she is running for top connections in a relatively weak race.
The one I think worth siding with though, is Bellewstown Bumper winner, Gone For Tea, who is running for Peter Fahey. She definitely seemed to have improved a vast amount, if judging from her win last time out, which was in a decent field too. Tomorrow will be her Hurdles debut and the experience she has had up to this point should bode well for her and the conditions are perfect. Provided she can jump relatively cleanly, she holds strong credentials to pull off a second win here.
I always like a puzzle and this Handicap Hurdle is certainly a tricky one to figure out. Even though Gwan Tadgh sets a decent standard, the softer conditions are a real negative for his chances, so I’m going to take a chance on the Henry De Bromhead runner, Como Park, instead.
He showed plenty of ability on the Flat when winning for Joseph O’Brien and also in his two Maiden Hurdles. He is a son of Camelot, so as you’d expect, he travels well and has plenty of speed on his side. He is very lightly raced and could be plenty ahead of his mark here which makes him a big danger. I think he is going to make a big impact on his Handicap debut.
This is a very decent Novice Hurdle here, over the extended 2m 5f and there are some very likeable types in the race. But none more so than SEA MUSIC, who represents the from the Emmett Mullins team and is their only runner at Downpatrick.
He finished second in his final Point-to-Point start, was close-up behind a decent type from the Willie Mullins yard on his Bumper debut and then absolutely bolted up to win by 12 lengths at Ballinrobe. He looks to have a real good engine and is by far the most unexposed runner in the field. He’s a nice type who is open to plenty of improvement and one to keep on side going forward.
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