Sunday’s Action: Odeliz can continue Burke’s brilliant weekend
The consistent ODELIZ can continue what has been a very profitable weekend so far for Karl Burke in the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack and Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park. Burke’s yard will arrive on Irish soil buoyed by a fantastic day yesterday, thanks mainly to Toocoolforschool’s devastating victory in the Mill Reef at Newbury.
The Gowran feature has attracted some really nice fillies and Odeliz looks to have a decent chance, even if she is lining up against an unbeaten favourite from the red-hot Dermot Weld stable. That filly is Brooch, who is unbeaten in two starts to date and seems to be progressing at a rate of knots, as witnessed in her impressive Listed victory at Killarney.
Another plus for Weld’s charge is the fine record of 3yo’s in this contest, a fact no doubt helped by the 5lb weight for age allowance, which will make Brooch’s task all the easier.
That being said, though, Odeliz is a high quality filly and at the current prices (4/1), looks a good each-way shot to nothing if all eight runners line up. Burke’s charge has proven, despite not winning, that she is a high class filly at her best this season and is very adaptable ground-wise, so any rain will not be a hindrance.
She hasn’t won since taking a Listed race in France last September but has been going very close all season in far better races than today’s. She put in a fine effort behind last year’s winner of this race Mango Diva at the Curragh two starts ago and was just as good when going down to the impressive looking French raider Fintry in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown last time. Those performances must give her a great chance of getting back to winning ways in a race of today’s nature.
Fellow British raider Regardez looks likely to make the running and is not without a chance on best form under Joseph O’Brien. She should enjoy an easy lead which can be dangerous at Gowran and she is likely to make it a strong test given that she stays further, as seen when blitzing the field at Newcastle two starts ago.
Another that deserves a mention is Tommy Stack’s Alive Alive Oh, who is slowly creeping back to the form that made her one of the most exciting prospects last season. Ever since she romped home in Listed company at Naas on just her third start, Stack’s charge has failed to show anything like that ability. Her latest two starts have shown glimpses of a return to form and she should not be disregarded, especially if the ground eases any.
Odeliz, though, looks like a bit of value at the prices given all known form and with Burke’s team in such magnificent form, she gets my vote in what promises to be a good race.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Giles/PA Wire
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