We have a busy day of racing in Ireland on Sunday and it’s a mixed bag of selections for you with a few from Limerick and a couple from Naas.
We kick off at Limerick and Rachael Blackmore has picked up a few good rides for Willie Mullins lately and she has some crackers on this card. Bang Bang Rosie won a bumper at Punchestown for Willie and has run some great races in defeat over hurdles and should be getting the hang of this hurdling crack by now so she’s the pick for me.
I am hoping that they all stand their ground in this Beginners Chase as the thought of seeing Mine Now and Rashaan whizzing around Limerick is an exciting one. Rashaan is not very big and you will know your fate early with him as far as the jumping goes. Mine Now is a 10 year old going chasing. He has however been point to pointing, falling in three of his four starts between the flags, and winning the other.
I hate deserting Rashaan and for that reason I am sticking with him but I would love to be able to watch him jump a few and then back him!
Cathal Landers is a young jockey getting some decent opportunities at the moment. He mounts Queen Khalesi here and is a cracking price considering she is in great form of late so I see no reason not to side with him here.
The Mares Chase sees Asthuria make a quick reappearance after a poor showing only four days ago. Normally, you would tread very carefully if you see a horse running four days after disappointing but this is Willie Mullins we are talking about. She is the best of these by far on hurdles form but the run four days ago is bothering me so I am going to take a punt on Teachers Pet. She has not enjoyed the best of luck in some of her races but she is capable and at a decent each way price here she gets the nod.
Sergei Profokiev is fully expected to win at Naas but the horse that beat him in his maiden first time contests the fillies race against the odds on shot So Perfect. Skitter Scatter might have enjoyed the run of the race but pulled out all the stops when challenged, showing a great attitude in winning. I take her to cause a little surprise tomorrow.
Again, a short priced Aidan O’Brien horse in Sioux Nation is fully expected to leave behind his run on desperate ground at Navan where he finished behind a few of today’s runners. I was taken with Joseph’s horse Speak In Colours and the drying ground could bring about improvement in him as well as the favourite. I think he is a decent alternative to the favourite.
Mick Fitz’s Selections:
14.25 – Bang Bang Rosie @ Evens
16.05 – Rashaan @ 9/4
15.00 – Queen Khalesi @ 4/1
16.35 – Teachers Pet @ 15/2
15.45 – Skitter Skatter @ 4/1
16.15 – Speak in Colours @ 7/2
*All prices correct at time of posting