Sunday 15 September 2019
Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland
1m | Good (Good to Firm in places) | 9 Runners | Turf
Off time: 16:50 | Winning time: 1m 42.38s
Sole win in 11 starts on the Flat came at the Galway festival two years ago. Running well in defeat this year, and every chance on latest fourth at Listowel on Wednesday.
In good form this summer, although his wins have come at claiming level for different yards. Excellent third of 18 to Waitingfortheday in a 1m handicap at Galway last month, and better than the result when seventh in Irish Cambridgeshire last time.
Reliable sort who landed a C&D event on quick ground in May. Form has dipped on his last two starts, but won't lack assistance from the saddle, and yard remains in fine form.
Took advantage of falling mark at Fairyhouse in May, and again ran well when a keeping-on fifth of 16 to Laughifuwant at Galway. No impact in the Irish Cambridgeshire here last time, but type to bounce back quickly.
All three starts have come at Dundalk, winning twice, including a 1m handicap last time. Not seen since February, though, and hard to know quite what to expect on turf debut.
Beaten favourite twice in maidens before winning one by 5L here in June. That form hasn't worked out, however, and he was well beaten in handicap company here late last month.
Hasn't gone on since a successful return, but took a step in the right direction when a one-paced third at Killarney on his most recent start. Needs to build on that, but fairly treated on best form.
All three wins this year have come at around 1¼m, most recently at Gowran 11 days ago. Respected on that form, and may still be improving, although drop to 1m is a concern.
Placed on both starts in maiden company this season, although those runs have come at 1¼m. Tongur tie added now, and although he's entitled to progress, this shorter trip is a definite worry.
Quizical (11/4), Kattani (3/1), The Game Of Life (10/3), Red Striker (9/2), Insane Bolt (11/2), Thiswaycadeaux (8/1), Finding Nero (10/1), Tony The Gent (10/1), Aussie Valentine (12/1), Katiymann (12/1), Yuften (12/1), Recent Revelations (12/1)
- Aussie Valentine