Irish Eyes: Get Sunday Fever
Our Irish Eyes column is back with the best bets for today's cards at the Curragh and Tramore.
Adjusted looks to hold all the aces in the concluding maiden at The Curragh this afternoon and he stands out as the nap on the card.
He made his debut in a backend maiden at Navan last year where he ran a reasonable fourth when he was the Ballydoyle second string on the day.
His first 2014 outing saw him run Fascinating Rock to a length at Leopardstown and with the latter taking the Group Three Ballysax at Navan yesterday, that form obviously entitles him to win this - particularly in light of the esteem in which Dermot Weld holds Fascinating Rock!
Aidan O'Brien's horses have generally shown plenty improvement from their seasonal debuts and it is significant that he has chosen Adjusted to represent him in a race he is attempting to win for the fourth time in just five years - most notably by subsequent Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World last season.
Everything points to Adjusted today and the advice is to take the morning prices as he is likely to go off short.
Lupie looks the next best on the card in the opening juvenile maiden for Andrew Slattery. Lupie shaped with distinct promise on his debut at Dundalk last week before running out of puff close home.
He is the only horse in the race with the benefit of racecourse experience and that is worth at least three pounds at this early stage of a juveniles career. Furthermore, Slattery has his string in tremendous order with An Saighdiur hosing up in the Listed Sprint at Cork last Sunday and his two-year-old Sors running a cracker earlier in the day when forcing the odds-on favourite Bwana to pull out all the stops before winning by a head.
The only unknown is whether this son of first season site Lope De Vega will handle the softer ground here but all things considered, the likelihood is that he should.
Fever Pitch is a speculative each-way selection in the €17,000 Martinstown-sponsored Handicap Chase at Tramore. He won this race two years ago but his recent form leave a lot to be desired.
However those poor runs have not come without their reward and he has been dropped 6lbs of late and with Gareth Malone taking another 4lbs off, he might just be able to rekindle the old flame here. on a track the very much favours previous winners.
His trainer Arthur Moore targets the race and has won three of the last eight renewals. Running in the colours of the race sponsor, Fever Pitch is worth a small each-way interest.
Nap: Adjusted, 5.35 The Curragh
Next Best: Lupie, 2.15 The Curragh
Each-Way: Fever Pitch, 4.35 Tramore