Since Order of St George (1/7f) let one ticket holder down in the Irish St Leger, the Irish Tote Pick 6 pool has rolled over and is due to smash the €1m barrier on Sunday.
So we’ve asked former top jock, ATR presenter and a man who never files late copy, Jason Weaver to a) try and nab us a couple of winners over the first six races or b) get all six winners up to try and make us millionaires… No pressure then.
Michael Halford’s runner didn’t get the best of runs when a close up sixth on debut here over course and distance. He was checked at a vital stage and would of been a couple of lengths closer but for that. The winner that day, Landfall, has given the form a boost when winning at Group 3 level and Halford’s improve lumps for their first spin.
It won’t be the first time that Seamie Heffernan gets on the right one when Ballydoyle have a couple of runners (look at Brave Anna at HQ on Saturday). His stable mate – and Ryan Moore’s mount – Finn McCool – didn’t impress when beaten miles on his last start although he was shooting way too high.
The yard won this last year with Breeders Cup winner Hit It A Bomb.
Dermot Weld’s filly sets the standard on what she’s produced on the track so far and the bar is set very high – despite the drop back to 7 furlongs.
She was only beaten a neck by Sea of Grace with the pair well clear of the third the last time. Judging by her pedigree she should be on the front end from the off.
The UK raider is a free-going type who comes here off a big run in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. She will be held up and played late despite dropping to the long sprint of 7f.
We should have both pace angles covered here with a front-runner (Eziyra) and this Charlie Appleby’s hold-up runner on our side.
Kevin Ryan’s runner could surprise them all now he’s dropped in class as he’s raced in Group 1 company in four of his last five races.
His runs at Ascot and even Goodwood would put him bang there and the team are flying.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt was just outstayed at Doncaster over 7f by Breton Rock – going down by a short-head. He will be ridden more forward this time and can even make all if needs be. This is his 13th start this year – but he’s as tough as old boots.
Ballydoyle have owned this race (won last five contests) and there’s been lots to like about the likely favourite’s last two wins. He wasn’t that well fancied on debut and seems to keep his best for the track and has a great racing attitude. He’s relaxed, athletic and talented and even though it’s his biggest task to date, he looks well up to it.
Has a two from four win record and has quickly shot up the ratings after bolting up at Galway. His run behind Landfall looks strong and the D Weld/P Smullen combo will be desperate to break the Ballydoyle stranglehold on this contest.
The amateur race sees JJ Codd booked for Charlie McCreery’s runner who has had nine races this year. He’s won twice, trip and ground look perfect and with a crack amateur – many say he’s better than most professionals – it’s all good.
Been running over the wrong trip the last twice and now drops back down to 1m 4f. A winner here last year and at Roscommon on return this season, she has gone missing of late. Nina could of had the pick of most in here but stays loyal after riding her at Galway.
She’s only 3lbs above her last win and has more to offer as its only her seventh start.
Loves soft or heavy ground and the ground should be well cut up come this 5f sprint. Trainer Damien English has made a name for himself by continually getting improvement out of his horses. This lad looks another in that mould. Drawn up the paint in stall 20 he can get a perfect toe into the contest & pounce late.
A rating of 78 looks nowhere near his ceiling.
Seems to be getting quicker as he gets older. His wins have come over 7f once, 6f three times and that all important win at 5f last time out.
His two tries this year on softish ground have been wins at Galway & Cork. Unexposed as a speedball, this trip will take a bit of getting as the rain gets in.
If he’s on the premises with a furlong to go he’s one that won’t be stopping.