Today’s Action: Dimension measures up Connacht Derby
It is great to see a valuable card at Sligo tonight that has drawn a good turn out for some good races, particularly the Connacht Oaks and Connacht Derby.
With over €14,000 going to the winner in the latter, it has drawn a twelve decent entrants and the pick of them may be Ger Lyons’ Third Dimension with Colin Keane in the saddle. The 3yo showed very little in his juvenile campaign but has shown a few hints of ability since returning, particularly when winning a decent Maiden at Limerick in April.
He has since had two good runs in quality handicaps at both Ascot and the Curragh where he was very well backed. It all happened a bit quick for the son of Dubawi on those occasions but he steps up in trip today which his pedigree suggests will suit and he also encounters testing conditions for the first time since his impressive maiden win.
A general price of 5/1 gives us an e/w shot to nothing and I would be surprised if he doesn’t make it into the places at the very least. Jayed Jidan looks like being the main danger, whilst Whimsical does look a little over priced and could prove to be a decent e/w shot.
From the Notebook
One runner lines up from my notebook today and that is Richard Hannon’s Vesnina in the 7f fillies maiden at Kempton, which goes to post at 7.10.
I usually don’t get involved in maidens of this nature but this Sea The Stars filly went into my book having finished a staying on third at Newmarket on debut. She completely blew the start that day but got into a lovely galloping rhythm and stayed on best of all to grab third in what looks like a decent maiden.
If she lives up to her classy breeding and builds on her debut run, she should go very close again under Richard Hughes. The only worry is the a/w surface but she has such a beautiful action, I can’t see that being a problem. At a best price of 6/1 she looks like cracking value and at the very least is worth an e/w go in what should be a cracking race.
I always like to back one at a big price and my longshot today comes in the form of Paul Midgley’s Linguine in the 3.40 at Pontefract. In a decent 1m 4f handicap where the two 3yo’s Rocket Ship and Hidden Gold will prove very tough to beat, Midgley’s charge brings plenty of experience and decent form of his own to the table.
The 4yo likes to do it from the front which is a slight worry as he will not get it all his own way here with the likes of Rocket Ship, Only Orsenfoolsies and Brigadoon also preferring to be prominent in their races. Hopefully Linguine can win the battle for the lead and the fact that he has stayed further than this in the past will be a big help if it turns into a stamina test, particularly with Pontefract’s stiff finish. At a general price of 16/1, he does look over priced and is worth a try, despite this being a competitive affair.
1pt win – Third Dimension – 7.00 Sligo @ 5/1 (Boylesports)
1pt e/w – Vesnina – 7.10 Kempton @ 6/1 (Paddy Power and Betvictor)
0.5 e/w – Linguine – 3.40 Pontefract @ 16/1 generally
By Kevin Walsh 6/8/14
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