“Money talks” they say, and early arrivals at Dundalk last Wednesday were divided about what to back in the opener. The Ballydoyle two year olds have certainly hit the ground running, and the money all day in the offices had been for first timer King Neptune yet at the track he drifted from 4/6 to 11/10.
Yet the late money on track, the betting ring milk and honey, was all for Fozzy Stack’s Yesterdayoncemore with all the chalk taken just before the off from 6/4 to odds on 9/10.
She had run a nice debut second at that unique Border track a week before. But the late shoppers in the ring got their fingers badly burned as the filly had no answer when Donnacha O’Brien lit up King Neptune who bolted home.
In fairness Yesterdayoncemore will certainly win a maiden but the Aidan O’Brien runner, the only colt in the race, was different gravy.
Donnacha was impressed by the winner and said: “He was very straightforward and professional and not as green as I thought he would be.”
Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness is enjoying a golden spell at this venue, and 8/13 hotpot Kasbah scooted home in the claiming race.
Veteran Kildare handler John Geoghegan has a great strike rate from his very small team, and Silk Cravat landed some tasty bets – 4/1 to 100/30 – under smart 5 lbs. claimer Ben Coen.
Lady Rosebud is something of an all weather specialist and the 9/2 shot was a game winner of the mile apprentice handicap where Gavin Ryan did well to steer her through some traffic issues in a messy contest to score by a nose and a head from Mulzaam and Cautious Approach.
Joseph O’Brien can do little wrong at the moment and Rockfish – who ran up a sequence this time last year but went off the boil big time afterwards – was back in business when taking the last at 5/1.
The winners keep rolling for Declan’s select Irish Racing Service with Rockfish 7/1 (won 5/1); Imaging – “best bet of the weekend” – 9/2 ((won 7/2); Empire Line 6/4 ((won 11/8) and Stops A Nation 5/6 (won 4/7).
Get on board now for Monday’s Irish Grand National and of course the rapidly approaching Punchestown Festival.
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