That was some punt Charles Byrnes landed at Roscommon on Tuesday night. But I hear that some of the bookies are having a whinge. It makes me laugh.
How many gambles like these don’t come off? Loads. But one gets landed and some of the firms them are calling for somebody’s head on a stick.
Fair play to Paddy though as I’ve not seen him crying about it. Not in public anyway!
Come on lads, it’s part of the game. Go big or go home……
Ken Condon’s filly has taken a big step forward with each of her four runs to date and more of the same is on the cards.
She idled when hitting the front run in her maiden win at Fairyhouse and then ran a cracker when third to Roly Poly in the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
That form is very strong as the winner scored again at Group 2 Cheery Hinton Stakes at Newmarket last time out.
Mark Johnson’s colt has three runs under his belt – all on softish ground – and won his maiden over course and distance last month. He was always towards the front in a race where they went flat out early on and did well to hold on from some fast finishers.
He then showed plenty of guts when just going down by a length trying to give 6lbs away to Star of Rory in a novice stakes race and now steps into nursery company for the first time.
The ground will be much quicker this time and we can see him raise his game again.
I’ll admit a 1 win from 29 runs doesn’t make him an obvious selection but take a look at that win last time and you have to be taken with it.
He was very slowly away in a 13-runner field but held up at the back he managed to pick them all off to get that elusive victory on the board.
Normally the Irish handicapper can be harsh but he must of been feeling generous as he has only given him a 3lb rise.
Put it this way, if he breaks smartly this time, win number two looks a very strong possibility.
Big Johnny G’s filly has done little wrong in two tries and returns to HQ on the back of a tidy win over course & distance in her maiden. The winning margin was three and a half lengths, but she won the race on ‘her side’ by 10 lengths.
She’s bred to get further than Friday’s one mile trip and her trainer must think 88 is a lenient mark in a handicap. Frankie Dettori does the steering.
Ed Vaughan’s runner could still be on an upward curve after what was a career best on her return this year when winning at Haydock. You can put a line through her last two runs as it was a small field at Newmarket and the York race before that was run at a crawl early on.
The key with her is a strong gallop to run at and that looks guaranteed with Guishan in it. Could be a bit of value in the market.