A WINNER WITHOUT DELAY: That’s the promise of Shamrock’s survey of the two Irish cards today, at Downpatrick this afternoon and Galway tonight. He wrote about the Galway banker before!
DOWNPATRICK: There seems to be no stopping Nodelay (3.10), now that she’s got her head in front. I expect her to dominate again here, with Paul Carberry on a quick double if he can take the first on Esporao.
D’S Trix (5.20) warmed up for this at Killarney three days ago and is a reliable sort when going right-handed. Andrew McNamara is leading jockey on the course.
GALWAY: Address Unknown (6.35) was beaten only a head in this Oyster Listed Stakes last year by a previous Listed winner, and he won here at the Galway Festival, part of Dermot Weld’s record haul.
There are no Listed winners in opposition today but the three-year-olds are a big threat: they’ve won four of the last five Oysters and all four have been seen in Group company.
Spin was a close second to the tough campaigner Banimpire in the Blue Wind early on. Amazing Beauty was third behind the same mare and in another Group 3 at Cork.
Zanughan hasn’t been seen since the Derrinstown Derby Trial. An Azamour with great potential, was probably immature that day and has been left to do some filling out and sort himself mentally.
The one they wanted this morning was Steps To Freedom, in very good form this summer but leaving the O’Brien pair, Amazing Beauty and Spin, the joint highest official rated of the three-year-olds, on backable 13.0 and 8.4 offers.
Now that the penny has dropped with Missy O’Gwaun (7.05), I shall take Ben Curtis to beat Joseph O’Brien (Louisville Lip has had a lay-off) in the boys’ race.
But Joseph could land the nursery though it’s hot and his mount, Wrote (5.30) has to give weight all round but the main opposition seems to be fillies – Tiffilia and Blue Mimosa – and he’d have to give them weight in a stakes race anyway.
Wrote did me a favour at Cork, when completing a big double for me, and the second horse he had to do battle with that day is a real yardstick: never out of the first two, beaten only around two lengths overall, in three races.
NAP: Wrote (5.30 Galway)
NEXT BEST: Nodelay (3.10 Downpatrick)
EACH-WAY: D’S Trix (5.20 Downpatrick), Amazing Beauty and Spin (6.35 Galway)
DAQ YANKEE: Nodelay (3.10 Downpatrick), Wrote (5.30 Galway), Zanughan (6.35 Galway), Missy O’Gwawn (7.05 Galway)