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The flat turf season kicks off with a bang on Saturday. Our tipster Conor Murphy is all over the action, and he’s picked out his four top tips – including a shout from the Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire at The Curragh.
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It could pay to side with one who has a fitness edge here, MAY KNIGHT. He’s been running consistently off a mark of 83 throughout the winter but I think the application of cheekpieces may make the difference to him. He’s the sort that could benefit from them now it’s proven he stays a mile. He’s still lightly raced on turf too and he handled it well at the beginning of last season.
His last run would give you plenty of confidence where he plugged on behind some well handicapped horses. The form has been boosted since too, the winner has gone in again off a 3lb higher mark. The second, Baldomero, has gone in off the same mark and finished 2nd to Notre Belle Bete, who’s one of the leading fancies for the Lincoln, just after that. So, there’s still a bit of juice in May Night’s mark if they can get it all out of him and the cheekpieces on over a mile looks like it could be the answer.
I think BOOSALA could go well here. He’s got 8lb to find on official ratings with Chindit but that mark of 104 still underestimates him. He’s never ran over a mile, mainly because he was very free as a 3yo. They ended up gelding him after that season and it seemed to work the trick, he settled much better last year over 7f and looks ready to step up to a mile now which should improve him a bit more.
He really should have won on his last start of the season in Newcastle, Lord Of The Lodge just got the run of the race on him but he’s a fair yardstick on the all-weather in particular. Boosala should benefit from the extra trip and back to the track where he produced a career best last year in winning a handicap off 97, I could see him giving Chindit a race here and may just upset him.
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I think David O’Meara’s HORTZADAR might be worth a few quid each way with the 6 places on offer. He’s down to a mark of 90 now and is one who’ll crop up and win a big handicap like this if he’s off that mark for much longer. He was 3rd in this last year off a 7lb higher mark and looking at the horses around him, you’d have to give him a chance. Haqeeqy is 9lb higher and went close in a G2 last season. Brunch, who finished 2nd, took a Listed race later in the year and he had Danyah in behind, who won a heritage handicap off 8lb higher later in the summer.
That just backs up the class he has on his day and with the lenient mark he’s on now, I’d just have to back him at a big price here.
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RAADOBARG just leaps off the page here on his stable debut for Johnny Murtagh. He was a very nice horse for Roger Varian last year and well fancied for the Britannia at Royal Ascot but probably just found the ground too quick. He’s had a couple of starts since then but wasn’t seen to best effect in those. I think a big field handicap with a lot of pace to go at is what he wants and the ground will surely dry out but there’s no way it’s going to get as quick as it was at Ascot so he should have no excuses on that front.
Ben Coen has chosen him over another well fancied stable mate, Carrytheone, and they’ve put a tongue strap on him as well so they obviously feel he has some issues that need to be ironed out there. All in all, he’s a very interesting runner and should go very well in ultra-competitive race.
Conor Murphy’s Saturday Tips:
- 14:25 Doncaster – May Night
- 15:00 Doncaster – Boosala
- 15:35 Doncaster – Hortzadar
- 16:16 Curragh – Raadobarg
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