BELLEWSTOWN 14:00 Recent Revelations is now a non runner
Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand and while jockey bookings may suggest that Battle Of Wills is the stable’s first string, there’s every reason to think that RECENT REVELATIONS is the horse to beat.
A fine fourth in last season’s Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, when he was well fancied, the four-year-old has one major advantage over his stable companion here – a recent run. That effort came in a much better contest than this at Tipperary seven days ago when he pushed the classy Barrington Court all the way. The market suggested then that he was likely to be in need of the outing, so he could take plenty of beating here.
A decent turnout for this prize and a race which won’t be easily won, given some of the runners. Plenty of local trainers will have been eyeing up this race for a while and of Gordon Elliott’s two runners, Take A Turn would appear to be the most interesting given his two run-outs on the Flat.
However, it’s quite possible that ABRAHAM could be still extremely well handicapped for Martin Brassil. A hugely impressive winner on his first start for his trainer at Naas last January, he didn’t manage to land a blow in what was a messy handicap hurdle at Gowran Park on Thyestes Chase day earlier this year. However, he most definitely deserves another chance and the fact that he was entered at Roscommon a couple of weeks ago, suggests that he’s been ready to run for a while now. Off a rating of 115, he could still be some way ahead of the handicapper.
It’s been a week to remember for Donnacha O’Brien after his Classic maiden victory as a trainer on Sunday in the French Oaks and he looks to have another excellent chance of success with SOUTHERN CAPE in this 7f maiden. Well-backed on debut at Leopardstown, the son of Galileo looked set for victory only to be collared in the shadows of the winning post by Ides Of August, who too was well backed on the day.
There doesn’t appear to be anything of the calibre of Ger Lyons’ juvenile on show here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Southern Cape put up a dominant display at the second time of asking.
John McConnell has enjoyed plenty of success at Bellewstown in recent seasons and if form is anything to go by, he should be hitting the target with HAND IN MY POCKET in this bumper. Second behind the high-class Queens Brook in a point-to-point last November, the son of Mahler was narrowly touched off on his rules debut at Musselburgh in February. The form of that has been franked with the winner scoring since. Jawbox brings a recent runner-up effort into this but he might have to settle for second spot again behind the McConnell representative.
A race where the famous green and red of the Aga Khan are likely to be to the fore and despite what the betting might suggest, the honours can go to EMIYN who looks the clear pick on form. A slightly disappointing fourth over course and distance a month ago, Dermot Weld’s charge has two fine runs prior to that.
His only run as a two-year-old saw him finish fourth in an above-average Naas maiden, when he had Order Of Australia behind him, while he started this season with an encouraging fifth-placed effort behind Russian Emperor at the same Kildare track, beaten less than two lengths. Both of those efforts came with plenty of cut in the ground, which he’s likely to get here, and with his trainer’s string in much better fettle than they were four weeks ago, Emiyn gets the vote in no uncertain terms.
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