We finally kicked the flat season off proper yesterday with the belated Doncaster card and of course the Lincoln. Trainer John Quinn did an excellent job readying his charge Levitate who showed a great battling quality to get back up on the line. Quinn has proved himself to be a fantastic all round trainer with notable successes in both disciplines something which although is on the increase is still a rare commodity in this game and I for one take my hat off to him.
The Aintree festival is now fast approaching, and after stating my case a couple of weeks ago to see Sprinter Sacre upped in trip it looks as though we may see it happen in the Melling Chase this Friday. It could be a monster clash with both Flemenstar and Cue Card who are both proven at the trip, and although it’s hard to knock the mighty one I think he could well be tested over the longer journey and we may even see Geraghty having to use some saddle action along with the whip. Barring the National it will be the race I look forward to the most and I certainly hope the aforementioned trio do line up as it’s sure to be a very good spectacle indeed.
The midweek racing was none too shabby last week even though it was lower grade affairs, and I have noted one runner of interest from the AW circuit who should definitely be worth a punt next time.
High Troja (Trainer – Ed Dunlop)
Ran at Wolverhampton on Thursday for his first outing of the season and also his handicap debut. Looked like a fairly hard ride through the first half of the race, but started to pick up before meeting trouble in running and had to be switched to get room. When Graham Lee got the room he needed though this horse absolutely surged home in the closing stages, but found the line coming too soon and went down by a narrow margin to the game Regal Hawk. Likely to come on for that outing this lightly raced 3yr old almost certainly has a race in him off his current mark, and although he is unlikely to be much of a price next time, if he has similar conditions he should be worth siding with for a decent sized bet.
There is plenty of decent action today, but my tip this week comes at Fairyhouse on Monday in the Irish Grand National. The horse in question is the Gordon Elliott trained Romanesco who has been shaping rather nicely in some of his recent races, more so his 3rd place finish in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham. He was staying on pretty well that day albeit a bit one paced up the hill, but I reckon this extra distance should eke out some more improvement, and he has got a decent enough rider to steer him home in the form of Danny Mullins. This race often throws up a surprise or two and some big priced winners have emerged in recent years, our runner is not a massive price but at around the 12-1 price with Boylesports I think he is certainly worth an E/W punt, and hopefully we will get a decent run for our money.
Irish Grand National – Monday 1st April 2013
4:50 Fairyhouse – Romanesco – 12/1 Boylesports Each Way Bet
Until next week,