Wexford – Saturday Preview
Seven runners go to post for the opening extended mile fillies maiden. Tommy Stacks Celestial Fable should prove hard to beat following a close third at Killarney behind Aidan O’Briens Blackstone. Wayne Lordans mount enjoyed the firmer surface and her rating of 73 sets the standard in a weak race. Lordan deserts chief threat Saldanha Bay who was a decent fourth at Naas behind Shell House and Sarafiyla who both won since. Empress Toorah may be a bit flattered by her rating of 72 as everything went her way on her penultimate start.
There’s a disappointing turnout for the Ladies Day Rated Race as only three run with all guaranteed prize money. Bogardus is weighted to reverse Dundalk form with top weight Calorie and with Gary Halpins 7lb claim she is 15lb better off. The extra trip should be in her favour and she wears a first time hood. Top rated Calorie is likely to make the running in what will be a tactical affair while Princess Tamay has something to find on ratings.
Mick Halfords Sindarban should get off the mark following an unlucky second on debut at Navan. Having dwelt he stalked the leaders a few furlongs out but didn’t get a clear run until 1f out and the race was all over. He renews rivalry with Hurricane Volta and is open to more improvement now up in trip and it will be surprising if he doesn’t open his account unless Dermot Welds newcomer Renown proves above average.
The dead eight runners line up for the Audrey McGrath memorial 3yo handicap and David Wachmans An Fear Ciuin could improve for the step up in trip being by Galileo. He looks a tricky ride and wears a visor but the in form Fran Berry rides. Top weight Hazeldoc has refused to load on her last two engagements and returns from a layoff so the main danger could be Johnny Murtaghs’ Bwindi having finished second on his handicap debut and the booking of Pat Smullen is encouraging.
Bottom weight Vinniespride could be the one to beat in the Apprentice handicap off the basement mark of 47 in a weak race. He has been running well over hurdles of late and Tom Madden claims 2lb.
Pat Martins Gun Shoot may be able to cope with the 6lb rise following her recent win at Fairyhouse . She has ran well here last summer and Conor Hoban claims 3lb in a open race.
The final race on the card the 2m Gorey Handicap looks a weak race. Jimmy Lambes 10 year old Hunting Tower is a certain stayer with a 2m win to his name at Newcastle and Pat Smullen takes the ride. He ran on nicely from the back at Ayr last time and should be staying on at the finish.
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