Horses To Follow with PJ Walsh
Having done my NFL fantasy draft during the week I look forward to 4 months of cuts, adds, drops, trades, harsh comments, swearing, blood, sweat and tears (well maybe that’s a bit of an overreaction). Some of the aforementioned emotions and actions could be applied to a list of horses to follow, with a sprinkle more swearing and tears.
Unfortunately I’ve had to come to the conclusion that Corail has to be cut! This article is like an episode of ‘Hard Knocks’ I’m sure you’ll agree. (Hard Knocks definitely worth a watch if just to see some good ‘ol American positivity with a dollop of low points thrown in). Corail’s Galway form now appears to be weak and given that conditions last Thursday looked to be pretty ideal when well beaten means that she is getting CUT!
Tipperary 27th August – Malicious Intent (V Clifford)
A lightly raced 7yr old who is described as ‘made of glass’ by his trainer may be racing’s equivalent of adding a 36year old wide receiver to your NFL team but maybe we can get some production out of this low rated handicapper. He has been an eye catcher on his last two runs. His 2nd last run was a fair effort giving that he raced on the slowest part of the track whereas those around him came wide and were at an advantage. On this occasion he started slowly and raced mid division to rear off what looked to be a slow pace (I can’t be certain without sectionals). His inexperienced jockey made steady progress on him, coming wide like his main rival, Aimhirgin Lass, before getting there in the last furlong to win a little cosily.
This was a commendable performance given that he was disadvantaged by giving away ground at the start and racing well back off slow pace. He also seemed to idle for the brief period between him hitting the front and passing the line. Importantly Aimhirgin Lass had the look of a well handicapped horse going into this and was also advantaged by her race position. 79 was the least that could be given to her after her win in Killarney and hopefully she will give the form a boost before Malicious Intent returns to action to solidify our case for her conqueror. The reaction by the handicapper was an 8lb hike in the weights but I hope Malicious Intent can defy the handicapper and win one or two more before the season end.
Curragh 30th August – Maknificent (Michael O’Callaghan)
If Malicious Intent is the old NFL veteran, then Maknificent is the troubled star still on her rookie contract that may be finally getting her act together after some direction from her ‘coach’. Michael O’Callaghan seems to have got to the bottom of the burst blood vessels that affected her back in June and she has put together 3 good performances in a row. She seems quite hard work in some of her races and needs driving which was evident in her run in Galway over 8.5f.
Since then she has won nicely in Killarney before being undone by the draw and her race position over 10f of the Curragh. In what was a slowly run race, Maknificent was held up at the rear due to her wide draw and came wide in the straight to make her challenge. The ground she had to forfeit proved too much but given a better draw and better race position she could win again.
Horses to follow roster:
Nodiac (Ger Lyons)
Benkei (Harry Rogers)
Plough Boy (Garvan Donnelly)
Alaskan Son (David Wachman)
Dawenkour (Mick Halford)
Catch Word (Jim Bolger)
Kasbah (Johnny Murtagh)
Mutadaffeq (Kevin Pendergast)
Minding (Aidan O’Brien)
Jowana (David Marnane)
Jeremy’s Legacy (Paul W Flynn)
Malicious Intent (Vincent Clifford)
Maknificnet (Michael O’Callaghan)
Corail (Paul Deegan)
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