Horses To Follow with PJ Walsh
Horses to follow with PJ Walsh
Naas 3rd August
Dawenkour (M Halford)
The usual suspects, Pat Smullen & Joseph O’Brien, took them along slowly in front here but both their horses didn’t have the ability or will to take advantage of a good pace scenario. Hearld The Dawn can be marked up as he was quite keen and settled back off the slow pace. We look further back down the field for a less obvious eye catcher and Dawenkour appeals.
I think Mick Halford deviates from his usual training style for Aga Khan owned horses in his stable, they seem more forward than their stable mates or a win in a maiden is of more importance. Dawenkour was restrained in the first furlong and settled very well in mid division. He was left a bit further back than ideal from turning in, had to angle out to get a run where he was bumped into and then seemed slightly unbalanced before Shane Foley straightened him and he proceeded to finish well. A maiden win looks on the cards in the short term at least.
Leopardstown 6th August
Catch Word (Jim Bolger)
This was another slowly run race which produced an impressive winner in The Crewmaster and a few flattered horses who raced close to the pace. Catch Word was held up in rear for the early part of this race until his jock made a move on the bend to make ground out wide. This was probably at the time when the pace was lifting.
The Godolphin owned colt was still in a poor position turning though and it was a good performance to come home strongly to and finish just over 5 lengths behind the winner. There are definite signs of ability and he could be overpriced in a maiden near you soon!
Tipperary 7th August
Kasbah (Johnny Murtagh)
Kasbah has been highly tried by his trainer and he seems to be coming up short. It took him until his 6th run as a 2yo to break his maiden when he showed loads of pace to win round the sharp 5 furlong track in Down Royal. A lot of his runs were over 6f which may stretch him. He made his seasonal debut in this hot listed race, beaten 10l back in 7th and I think showed promise. From his difficult draw in stall 1, on a night when jockey Billy Lee commented that it was a good bit slower on the far side of the track, Kasbah was taken back at the stalls by his jockey and gave away ground to his race fit and sharp rivals.
He travelled quite well until fitness probably became an issue on this tacky ground. His runs over 5f consist of this run, a maiden win and a second to a good filly in Annippe. Adding his strong travelling style to this suggests that he is best over 5f and it would be a good move to take advantage of his handicap mark of 91 before going back up in class if successful.
Curragh 9th August
Mutadaffeq (Kevin Pendergast)
I don’t want this to turn into a summary of all the fast finishers in maidens and I hope the ones I do pick have some merit. This was a maiden where the horse with experience was well punted and no strong market support came from the unraced ones. This could be a negative sign for the maiden overall but Mutadaffeq might belie that doubt in the future.
In the early stages he was pushed wide by another runner before being squeezed out and ending up at the rear of the field which was a poor position to be in considering the slow pace up front. He was driven along when the pace quickened and made good progress inside the final furlong after having to be switched towards the rail to get a clear run. I’d like to see this maiden working out before Mutadaffeq runs again but he certainly showed promise and will be interesting when he does turn up.
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