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GAVIN CROMWELL BLOG: BETDAQ brand ambassador Gavin Cromwell previews his runners this weekend at Gowran Park and Killarney on Saturday and Tipperary and Killarney on Sunday.


Gowran Park Saturday

White Pepper gets us underway this weekend in the 2m maiden hurdle (1.00pm). She took her time in winning her maiden on the Flat, but she has quite a nice Flat rating and she’s done quite a lot of schooling at home which has been impressive. Obviously there’s a couple of fancied ones in the field from Gordon [Elliott] and Willie [Mullins]. I’d be very disappointed if she doesn’t run well.

Bentham has been a little bit disappointing recently even though he’s been second on his last two runs. He steps up in trip to 2m4f here in the handicap chase (3.55pm), and he’s been very well at home. He’s promised us plenty but equally he’s disappointed us a lot too, hopefully he’ll soon get his head in front. Bread And Butter also goes for us in the same race and like Bentham he too was disappointing in his last couple of runs, but I’ve freshened him up and he seems to be in good nick for it. I’m hopeful of a good run, although I’m not sure how well handicapped he is.

Western Run contests the 2m4f beginners chase (4.30pm) which is probably just on the short side for him, but there’s not many opportunities available for him over further. However, on his run in Galway he should certainly have a squeak of a chance.

This race, the 3m1f novice chase (5.05pm), looks tailormade for Spades Are Trumps. He’s been in great form at home and came out of his race at Kilbeggan, which he won, very well so we’re hopeful he’ll be able to replicate over this same trip.

Killarney Saturday

Heer At Dawn is having his first run in a handicap and that comes in this 1m event (2.35pm). He’ll appreciate the ease in the ground, and I’ll be very hopeful of a nice run from him. He will benefit, undoubtedly, for the experience of running in a handicap. So, if it’s not his day, there’s sure to be another.


Tipperary Sunday

Brides Hill had an entry at Listowel but unfortunately didn’t get in, so instead she comes here in the 2m handicap hurdle (2.05pm). She’s in good form at home and won nicely at Tramore the last day. I’m hoping she can step up from that again, because she’ll need to here to have a chance.

Walking The Walk had an average race at Listowel last week and if he improves from that in this 3m handicap hurdle (3.15pm), he could have an each-way chance.

Killarney Sunday

Different Beat has been consistent and the 2m6f trip in this handicap hurdle (2.55pm) should be ideal. We’re planning on riding her up with the pace in this, even though she came home well the last day from off the pace. She’s in good form, however, my main concern is that she’s not well handicapped, but hopefully she can have her day.

Shes Some Doll will be having her first run over fences in this 2m7f beginners chase (4.40pm), which is a race for horses rated 102 or less over hurdles and she’s rated 98. She jumps really well at home and gets the mares allowance as well, so all things considered I’d be hopeful of a big run from her. The only concern is 2m7f could stretch her a little, but we’ve tried her over 3m a couple of times and she didn’t stay so hopefully a nice flat track will do the trick.