Today’s Preview with Rory Delargy – 17th September 2014
Rory Delargy of the Irish Field previews today’s action across the cards……
4.20 Beverley –
I’m quite keen on Bondi Beach Boy here, with a few things in his favour today. Jim Turner’s 5-y-o has been acquitting himself well for most of the summer but in better grade than this, and his last two runs in 0-95 and 0-85 company both carry some merit to them. A record here at Beverley of 111136 shows how well he acts here, and his last two runs in this grade were both over this C&D, and they both ended in victories too. So you can see that he’s got plenty going for him, with perhaps a draw out in 8 being the only negative we could find. For those looking for a saver, there’s worse value in the race than our old friend Sunny Side Up at 22-1, who should get the run of it from stall 1 (if avoiding a slow start) and enjoys a turning track with an uphill finish.
5.55 Beverley –
This minor event for apprentices is not as competitive as the numbers suggest, and offers a chance to Heartstrings, who takes a marked drop in class after running respectably in a Ffos Las handicap last time.
Mick Channon’s filly ticks plenty of boxes in that she represents a yard in form with one of the better riders on board, and has the requisite prominent running style to benefit from a low draw in stall three. She can hardly be described as a win machine, but makes more appeal than race favourite Ice Mayden, who will surely be stretched by this stiff mile given the way she faded over a furlong shorter here on her most recent outing.
4.15 Sandown –
Ajig was put up as a selection last week and was possibly a little unlucky not to collect, getting caught in a pocket between 2 out and 1 out and allowing winner First Post and second Big Baz to get first run on her. Once she got daylight she ran on well but found the effort of conceding first run just too much and had no more to give close home. Conditions are more or less the same as last week and there’s no reason that, off the same mark, she won’t run her race again. She’s a bit more exposed than a few of these but the price compensates for that.
4.35 Kelso –
District Attorney is at the top of his game at the moment and although he’s yet to win a race under any code, his recent efforts simply can’t be faulted and this low-grade handicap offers him another chance to get on the board. He clearly stays well and his recent second at Sedgefield to the improving Dynamic Drive (Push Me, reopposes today, back in fourth) reads well in the context of this race. Beaumont’s Party looks the one to beat from a handicapping point of view but he’s already been turned over at 2-5 and recent efforts, although in better grade, have not been so encouraging.
4.40 Listowel –
The Kerry National is unlike most of its regional counterparts in that it really doesn’t pose much of a question in terms of stamina, and it’s positioning in the early autumn means that the going tends to exacerbate this fact, as well as meaning it’s out of season for those who ply their trade in the traditional jumping months of mid-winter. I’m inclined to find a horse whose best form falls within the summer and autumn (July-October) and at distances between 2.5-3m rather than any further. That basic analysis throws up a few interesting contenders, but none more appealing than Heaney, who has form figures of 17113U115. Those impressive numbers improve to 1115 when filtered by going faster than good to soft, and the fifth was in the 16-runner Munster National last October on his handicap debut when given too much to do under extreme hold-up tactics. He’s still improving, and should go well on balance of form.
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