The mare of Willie Mullins has been heavily supported in her last few runs, but Rebel Og has disappointed her followers and finished very tamely recently. Her win at this track, at a trip just a few yards further than Sunday, left a lasting impression though and it is interesting that Willie brings her back here. She has had a decent spell to recover her mojo and I reckon she can get the better of Noel Meade’s mare Star Adventure, who is the mount of Sean Flanagan.
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This is a decent fillies handicap. I have spent two days this week at Yarmouth and saw trainer Rae Guest hit the crossbar with two fillies who looked fantastic, but just got beat. I always believe when trainers have their horses in that sort of form, it pays to follow them. Show Stealer was a good winner here last time and this daughter of Showcasing once claimed the scalp of the mighty Marsha at Newmarket off a mark only 2lbs lower than this. She gets a confident nod here.
I watched with interest the Vitalogy’s win at Naas as he was a relatively unheralded horse in the betting at 25/1 in a race that had 16 runners. He really powered home beating Harpocrates in the process. The step up in trip is a plus and I believe this fella can get us off to a flyer with Donncha O’Brien riding.
Danny Tudhope is trying to win the jockeys’ championship this year and needs all the winners he can get. He has gone to ride Wise Counsel for Clive Cox at Leicester and this horse – who dead-heated at Sandown last time – has form on slower ground. With lots of rain around, Leicester can get funny ground, so I am going to take him on with a proven soft ground performer in Lincoln Park. He ran a blinder at Chester from a coffin draw and his run at Haydock was boosted by the victor of that race winning at Goodwood. Lincoln Park it is for me!
13:50 Downpatrick: Rebel Og – 4/9
15:05 Windsor: Show Stealer – 2/1
15:40 Tipperary: Vitalogy – 11/4
15:50 Leicester: Lincoln Park – 9/2
* All odds correct at time of posting.