Admittedly Red Avenger is off the back of a poor effort, but look back at his runs prior to that and he had been knocking on the door very loudly week in and week out.
It looks as if the busy schedule has taken its toll, so he’s very shrewd handler has given him two months off to recuperate. He has ability and quirks in equal amounts, but now that he’s fresh it’s the time to catch him in your punts.
Although Delegating is still a maiden, she has run close on a few occasions around here at Fundalk.
She was an eyecatcher for me last time over the mile underneath young pilot Thomas Sherry who takes off a whopping 10lb claim. Over the long sprint of seven furlongs she is ideally drawn close to the fence for her customary hold-up style and she will be hitting the line strong when the others have cried enough.
I will be very surprised if old boy Fastidious doesn’t get the money in the lucky last at Dundalk. Take time out and have a look at his last run here He never saw daylight late on and was beaten by just under two lengths.
Let’s take advantage of the 10lbs allowance he has because it won’t last very long…
Bill Cody put up his best performance last time on his handicap debut, he steps up in distance to the mile and a quarter and also switches rider to the enforcer Adam Kirby.
The way he stays on in the closing stages suggests that this test will be perfectly adequate and he has been found a fairly weak three-year-old handicap by his handler Jamie Osborne.
The dogs have been barking in Newmarket regarding this newcomer for some time. He cost $1.4 million and as you are well aware, that doesn’t make him an automatic flying machine.
However, the talk is this opening run is a mere stepping stone and we could be looking at a future Group or Grade 1 performer.
Starts handicapping on a very lowly mark of 67 after three uninspiring efforts, never dangerous on heavy ground over six furlongs on debut and that theme continued for the next two starts.
He’s upped a furlong and on a track that the trainer does very well at, this gelding looks like making a winning start to his handicap career.