Irish Eyes: Ras can win in style
Our Irish Eyes column previews this afternoon's action from Cork and Naas.
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Johann Strauss should hit the right note at Naas today after things did not go to plan on his debut at Newmarket two weeks ago.
On that occasion, he was ridden as if he would waltz home in the manner of one of his namesakes famous pieces. Having been held up throughout the race, he remained in last place with just over two furlongs to go. He stayed on well to finish fourth, just over two lengths off the winner and his rider did not resorting to using his whip, much to the consternation of some.
At the inevitable stewards enquiry that ensued, his pilot reported that Johaan Strauss was unable to handle the dip, which often happens at the Rowley Mile course.
That being said, he emerged with huge credit from a race he really should have won and given he returns to maiden company here again today, he easily gets a confident nap vote.
That being said, he is likely to be very short so we have two further selections at better prices.
Down in Cork, Some Officer is the value bet in the three mile novice hurdle, particularly at his current price of 4/1.
Seskinane is the obvious horse to beat in this race. He was raised twelve pounds to 128 for his last start, despite not picking up any prizemoney! Having won by eight and a half lengths he was subsequently disqualified after his rider admitted to barging thorough.
That was a top performance however it was five months ago and he may not at the same level of fitness as Some Officer. Tom Hogan has his string in tremendous order with his last three runners finishing first, third and fourth and 16/1, 25/1 and 50/1 respectively.
Some Officer ran well enough over an inadequate two and a half miles last month in Limerick and appears to be in need of this three mile trip, a trip that he is bred for.
He looked distinctly one-paced at various stages of the race, as most stayers tend to, but he stayed on nicely to finish fourth, one place in front of the 128-rated Ballylongford and a reproduction of that form should be enough to win this contest.
Returning to Naas for the Listed Garnet Stakes, Dermot Weld supplies the likely winner in the shape of Rasmeyaa, who is another that strikes as value at her current odds of 7/2.
Her recent work on The Curragh has been eye-catching to say the least and she has caught the eye of numerous good judges. This is a filly that commenced her career as a two-year-olds in the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes where she finished a very creditable third prior to winning her maiden in style.
On her reappearance last May as a three-year-old, she started just 9/1 for the 1000 Guineas in Newmarket, which is a barometer of the esteem in which she is held. However, she ran a stinker on that occasion and obviously had an issue. She was given a three and a half month break to recover from whatever was ailing her.
That holiday appeared to have done her the world of good as she returned last month to finish third in the Group Three Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary behind subsequent Group Two Dubai Challenge Stakes winner Fiesolana and multiple Australian Group One winner Sea Siren.
Dropped in class to a Listed race here, she faces nothing of their calibre today and it will be disappointing if she does not win this in style, in the process announcing herself as a filly capable of troubling the very best around.