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It’s a super Saturday of racing in the UK & Ireland and generous Uncle Paddy’s cooked up some brilliant offers to make it even better. We’re paying up to SEVEN places in the 13:45 at Doncaster while you can have your money back as a free bet if your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the 14:00 at Chester.
If that’s not enough there’s also the little matter of the Irish Champion Stakes and the St Leger. Oh, and Paddy’s got his name on the 15:15 at Leopardstown so you can have a free power up if you bet £/€10 on the race.
We’re paying a huge 7 places here, to make this difficult handicap a little easier. The horse I’m most drawn to with that in mind is the Roger Varian trained PREMIER POWER at a tasty 11/1. He’s a very lightly raced four-year-old, having had just seven starts to date, going off favourite on all bar one of those starts.
He’s a strong traveller, so this drop to 5½f should suit and he appears to be drawn in the correct place looking at the pace make-up. He has Oisin Murphy up, which is a huge plus, and I think he’s worth taking a chance on.
We’re giving money back as a free bet here if your horse finishes 2nd 3rd or 4th, and I think I’ve narrowed it down enough to make that offer a very attractive proposition. ALOUNAK looks a real standout here, having shown himself to be right back to his best this year, and he’s a confident selection to take this.
The second favourite, Alignak, is coming off a break and a significant injury, so I’d be against him, and the rest look to have a bit to find. It’s hard to see Alounak out of the first four at least, so he looks well worth a bet in this company, given our offer.
We’ve gotten a smaller field than expected, though all the main horses have shown up to make this a fantastic spectacle. I’m a huge fan of ST MARK’S BASILICA, and I think he’ll justify his position as the world’s highest rated horse here.
Tarnawa is a brilliant mare, though I think she’s better over further and with more ease in the ground, while connections surely have one eye on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Poetic Flare could be the main danger, though he was well behind St Mark’s Basilica in the French 2000 Guineas, and I see no obvious reason for him reversing that form today.
A very competitive field line up for this Paddy Power-sponsored Group 3, and I’m quite keen on the chances of INNISFREE, who shaped well on his return from a long absence at the Curragh last time.
Earlswood rates as the main danger for Johnny Murtagh after a good win last time out, though I think he’d prefer softer ground, so I’m happy to take him on. Aidan O’Brien has trained the winner of the last three renewals of this race, and I think he looks set to make it four in a row with Innisfree.
We have a cracking race in store here, with Hurricane Lane looking to cement his claim to be the best three-year-old around this year. He’s a short-priced favourite to do so at the moment, though with slight doubts about the stamina, I’d be keen to take him on.
MOJO STAR finished in front of Hurricane Lane in the Epsom Derby, before finishing a luckless fifth in the Irish equivalent, and I think he can improve on those efforts here over a trip that looks sure to suit. Ottoman Emperor and Interpretation are the other two I’d be looking to in the hope of getting the favourite beaten, though Mojo Star is the one to back for me.
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