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Horses To Follow with PJ Walsh

More Horses to Follow from PJ Walsh…..


Listowel (and a heavy workload) would bring anyone down to earth after the superb Irish Champions Weekend but there was some good racing last week and hopefully we will unearth a few future winners from it.


Unfortunately we’re going to have to drop Plough Boy (In hindsight his win in Killarney lacked depth even if it was visually pleasing) and Malicious Intent (who I’m sure has talent but hard to know if and when we see it given his history). I add two fillies this week who hopefully will prove fruitful to follow.



Curragh 27th September

Radiantly (W McCreery)


I probably should be putting Coolmore forward here as a horse to follow but that would be pretty boring and I’ve chosen to go with the slightly less obvious. Coolmore looks sure to find plenty of improvement when stepped up in trip but so will Radiantly who was niggled along early here off what was an even pace.


She made up a lot of ground in the closing stages. I don’t think she was making cheap yards at the latter stages of the race. The worth of the form looks good given that representatives of a Listed race ran at the track last month in Kind Of Magic and How High The Moon were left well behind. Last Waltz came from that race also but it’s very possible that the application of blinkers has improved her. Radiantly started her career over an inadequate 6f in Leopardstown before stepping up trip and winning her in maiden easily over 7.5f in Tipperary. Add the stamina on her dam’s side to the visual impression and it looks likely that 8, 10 or even 12 furlongs next season will show this Aussie Rules filly in even better light. I look forward to backing Radiantly in a pattern race before the end of the year or next year.


Cailin Mor (M Halford)


Two narrow defeats in the space of 5 days in contrasting style for Cailin Mor must have been a heartbreaking for connections but hopefully they’ll get compensation. Having switched stables, after the retirement of Joanna Morgan, to Michael Halford this Lope De Vega filly took a while to find her form and in fact looked to be going in the wrong direction when racing too freely in Leopardstown over 6f in August.


Previous to that she was well backed over the same course and distance but showed little. Her win in the Curragh over 7f was unexpected but she has backed that easy win up with these two recent performances. In Navan, she was unable to get a run when her jockey wanted and came home well when getting out only to narrowly fail to catch Ibergman. This was bad enough luck but it was followed up by Cailin Mor being the victim of an overly aggressive ride when she was asked to go for home too soon off what was a very strong pace.


These two performances resulted in a cumulative rise in the ratings of 10lb and while this might seem harsh on face value, analysis of her Curragh run suggests that she was much the best horse and she should be able to cope with her new mark of 86. One strong worry I would have is that connections will react rashly to these unlucky defeats and run Cailin Mor quickly. The strongly run race in the Curragh is sure to have left its mark and a break would be ideal, even until next season with the end of the turf season under a month away. I would go so far as to suggest to oppose Cailin Mor(strange as it may sound) if she backs up quickly but we will deal with that situation if it arises.


Horses to Follow Roster:

Nodiac (Ger Lyons)

Benkei (Harry Rogers)

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)

Maknificnet (Michael O’Callaghan)

Five Claw (Michael Halford)

Best Not Argue (J J Murphy)

Alton Bay (Peter Fahey)

Roheryn (Ger Lyons)


Radiantly (W McCreery)

Cailin Mor (Michael Halford)


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