Wiff Waff hails from a very shrewd outfit who normally don’t leave the money behind. However, after five starts at big prices he was punted last time out at Newcastle and it was a case of burnt fingers. He has found a very weak opportunity to get the money back and the fact that his trainer sends him back to the very same course and distance suggests they have found the key.
Jallota looks the absolute good thing on the card at Newcastle; he has been knocking around in very tough company for a long time. If he takes to the all-weather – and there is no reason to think that he won’t – he really should come home alone in this conditions contest. In addition, he is very straightforward and can be rode aggressively in this small field.
We all saw how unlucky Blastofmagic was just two days ago and provided that hasn’t taken too much out of him I think he can quickly recoup the losses. The fact he was protecting his ears going to the line at Linfield suggests that he has a good deal left in the locker; it’s basement stuff in class seven company and he is better than this level.
Captain Joy has been a grand servant to connections down the years and at the age of nine he appears to retain plenty of enthusiasm. He has to turn around recent form against Glastonbury Song but that’s a strong possibility as he may well get that all important uncontested lead. It’s a close contest between the top two on official rating however Captain Joy may just get the run of the race.
It’s last chance saloon for this boy tonight having put up a cracking effort two starts back but then bombed badly last time. He returns to what looks like his perfect distance of 7 furlongs and also has the services of one of the best apprentices around. The blinkers go on for extra focus and I think he’ll come good.
Palace Guard looks to have had three very smooth introductory runs at big prices over 7 furlongs. Not knocked about on each occasion, he looks an attractive handicap debutant in the lucky last at Dundalk. He is well drawn in stall number three and has a pedigree to suggest that in time he will get a little bit further than the 7 furlongs test he faces tonight. This is a perfect starting point for an unexposed three-year-old.
Also worth mentioning in the last is Matter of Time, a mare newly owned by the lucky winning punter of Paddy’s Rewards Club. He ran his best last time over course and distance in maiden company & now starts handicapping off a realistic mark. His new owner is in for a massive thrill at Fundalk – win or lose. Given that everything Paddy Touches turns to gold I’m sure the winners enclosure and a few celebratory pints await in the coming year.
Jason Weaver’s Selections:
6.15pm – Wiff Waff @ 6/4
6.45pm – Jallota @ 10/11
8.15pm – BlastofMagic @
6.30pm – Captain Joy @ 11/8
8.00pm – Arlecchinos Rock @ 10/1
8.30pm – Palace Guard @ 6/1
*All prices correct at time of posting*