Colin Keane teams up with Aidan O’Brien again on Tuesday at Cork – and people are now wondering if this is something we’re going to see more of next season?
He got off the mark for Ballydoyle aboard Khartoum on Sunday at the Curragh and with a couple of regular Ballydoyle riders suspended and Ryan Moore only travelling for the big days, it gives Keane the chance to strengthen his grip on consecutive Irish champion jockeys’ titles. It could be a match made in heaven for both parties.
Sir Lucan looks a typical Ballydolyle runner who is improving from run to run and shaped really well last time against High Definition. He drops down in class in this contest from Stakes company and looks like he should make into a nice middle-distance horse next season. If he’s to do that – he should be good enough to win this race.
A 1m handicap for horses rated 45-65 and looks a trappy contest for punters. Starting Monday is a horse whose been on the radar recently and ran a decent race at Tipperary last time to finish fourth despite being drawn wide – and then trapped wide – for the contest.
He’s dropping back into a race confined to three-year-olds rather than taking on the older horses again and that should help and has the profile of one that is going to be in the winner’s enclosure at some stage this season.
He’s capable of winning a race like this off a mark of 60, if things go his way. Here’s hoping Starting Monday can win on Tuesday.
Luke Dempsey rides Fighting Fit for his dad in this contest who was a well-backed three-length third to Fight for Love at Fairyhouse last December over two miles. He was challenging to dispute the lead when falling at the second last at Clonmel after that but hasn’t run since.
This isn’t a bad race for the grade, but Fighting Fit should be able to progress through this grade over the winter.
Not a typical early-season bumper where plenty of big-name connections are represented. We’re going to take a flyer on JJ Walsh’s Wild Atlantic Lady who could run well at a price. She had little chance behind Queens Brook at Gowran Park last February but before that was third to Darling Daughter at Limerick.
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