Horses to Follow with PJ Walsh
We have a superb weekend of racing coming up in Leopardstown and The Curragh with only the weather threatening to put a cloud over it.
The Champion Stakes really does look a race to savour but there are so many question marks and trains of thought that could be applied that it may be a race to watch. I will be especially looking forward to Minding who I hope will claw back the distance she was beaten by Ballydoyle last time and go hard on winning the Group 1 Moyglare stakes.
This week I feel it’s time to cut Alaskan Son whom I was disappointed with in Galway on Monday. He had similar conditions to his debut and just proved he wasn’t good enough behind the noteworthy performance of Ebediyin. He hasn’t been given any entries since his debut so his trainer obviously feels that he won’t be even contending a pattern race later in the season which what I had hoped he might.
Kasbah ran well and it was quite frustrating to run into the Dundalk stalwart Togoville. I’ve found what I think might be 2 good additions to the roster this week:
Dundalk 6th September – Five Claw (Michael Halford)
This horse probably should be in the list already but I thought I might be second guessing his astute trainer by thinking he should be running over shorter so decided to leave him out. Visual evidence from last winter, when this Jeremey colt ran over 7, suggested that he may benefit from a drop in trip and he again hinted at that last Sunday.
Five Claw was dropped in from his wide draw and travelled strongly at the rear sitting back off the strong pace, something that seems to be order of the day since the surface got flipped. He quickened up well into the race but was unable to sustain his effort and slight weakening in the last 100 yards coupled with his strong travelling nature suggests that a drop to 6 furlongs might help him get his head in front again.
Galway 7th September – Best Not Argue (J J Murphy)
Best Not Argue shone out like a beacon on Monday evening to me as a horse that was much better than the opposition. She just seemed to do everything quite easy, travelling well in on the rail after getting cover from her inside draw. On turning in she was asked to stretch and did so gradually in the style of a horse who was idling and had something left if challenged again.
Her previous form suggested that 67 might have been lenient especially when 4th in a maiden in Killarney when just behind horses who are rated well above her now and also when given a bit to do round this track at the summer festival behind the quirky Ibergman who she beat here. A big rangy filly who has improved with each start, it is hoped she will continue an upward climb through the handicaps and may be if we see her as a 4yr old we can profit.
Horses to follow roster:
Nodiac (Ger Lyons)
Benkei (Harry Rogers)
Plough Boy (Garvan Donnelly)
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)
Five Claw (Michael Halford)
Best Not Argue (J J Murphy)
Alaskan Son (David Wachman)
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