Fantastic start to the flat season, with Charlie landing the Lincoln at Doncaster, while Rich picked the wrong horse to Nap….. But it’s Sunday, Naas host their flat return, Doncaster has day two of the UK Flat season, while their is still plenty of National Hunt Racing taking place, as we build up to the season conclusion next month with the Grand National and the big Irish festival to end their season. Plenty of pointers for the Flat season ahead, so let’s crack on with today ….
Rich’s Nap – Naas – 3.05 – Handicap – 6f
Son of Rest – Although having not won since June 10th last year over 5f at The Curragh, Son of Rest has been competing in Class 1 Company, when finishing a 2 & 1/4 length 3rd to Caravaggio in a 5f Curragh Group 2 and was runner up, when last seen 168 days ago. Beaten a neck over C/D in a Class 1 Listed race to Texas Rock. Ground no issue having won a maiden at Cork in testing conditions. Makes season return – 7/2
Rich Nap Result – Tombstone – Jumped badly and never landed a blow, finishing a distant 3rd, which was very disappointing as Zebeel Prince(In final Word) won very well at Doncaster!
Charlie, tell the folks about the Lincoln…… and maybe deliver your Sunday Service…. I will catch you all for Final Word…. Cheers Rich, let’s crack on with Saturday’s results.
Lancelot Du Lac -Could only finish 4th and was a loss.
Taqdeer -Finished 7th and was a loss.
Addeybb -Won as expected and as said in the write up yesterday the 13-2 taken was a gift of a price considering the 2 and 1/2 length victory making it 4 wins in this race for trainer William Haggas.
We now move onto Sunday’s Selections and they are listed below.
Tomkevi -Placed 3rd at Catterick over 3m 1f back in February, was then sent to Southwell and won over 2m 7f on the 5th of March. Drops in distance to 2m 3f and 61y today and although has an extra 6lb to carry the shorter distance should help ease that burden.
Paddyplex -Has 2 wins a 2nd and a 4th from last 4 runs, has been racing over 1m 4f and drops in trip today to 1m 2f and 43y both wins have came over 1m 2f and is taken to buck that trend in today’s race.
Monsieur Gibraltar – Although pulled up last time out that was over 3m at Fakenham, time before that was 6th over 3m again but this time was at Punchestown. Had won 2 previous races prior to that and both were over 2m 5f and 2m respectively at Ascot and Taunton. Drops back in trip today to 2m 5f and 8y and that swings this race in his favor main threat is Midnight Cowboy although Monsieur Gibraltar won this race last year and should run his race again today.
.well that’s my thoughts on Sunday’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you back over to Rich for The Final Word.
Final Word –
It’s great to have the Flat back, while the NH season is heading to a conclusion, the next month or so will be interesting as horses wind down from a long season and other’s are revving up as they head towards their targets fro the season. Friday in AW Championship day at Lingfield, while on Saturday over in Meydan, we have the Carnival Super Saturday, where the world’s best horses go head to head. That is for another day, so let’s turn our mind back to today…. I have concentrated on the Flat today, so let’s start in Ireland at Naas….
At 3.40, we see the return of London Icon, who has an entry for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. The Elzaam colt looked an exciting prospect last season, despite only having two runs. Beaten 1 length on debut on August 20th at The Curragh over 7f(today’s distance) before winning at this course over 1m by over 3 lengths when last seen back in October, could be one to keep an eye on….
In the Irish Lincolnshire at 4.50, I like the look of Jessie Harrington’s PinCheck, who is a 2 time C/D winner last season, although not having been seen since finishing 4th in a Cork 1m Listed contest to Brendan Brackan. A C/D winner back in September in a Class 1 Handicap and has an entry for a Group 3 contest here next month over 7f….
And finally at Doncaster, a filly called Broderie(5.20) I have been tracking since making a winning debut over 1m 2f at Lingfield last month. Improved when stepping up to Class 4 1m 2f to land the odds by a neck from Heeyaam on March 10th. The Pivitol Filly is interesting and hopefully the ground will not be an issue as she steps up to Class 3 company. Likely to go off at very short price today, as unbeaten in opening two runs…..
Thanks for your support this month folks, we hope we give you all the tools you need to land a couple of winners and we will also be publishing Part 3 of our Rising Stars Series this evening… So until then
All the best – Charlie & Rich