2-1 NAP AND 20-1 PLACE FOR SHAMROCK: Ardglen (WON 2-1) landed Shamrock’s nap by 16 lengths at Listowel yesterday, but the winning distance most on his mind was the three-parts of a length by which his bet, Chocolate Hills (2nd 20-1), was beaten in the nursery at Dundalk.
Look out at Doncaster! No I haven’t got the wrong day. I think we’ll see the Racing Post Trophy winner this afternoon.
No again: I’m not talking about one of the three at Newmarket. Punters can’t really decide as I write between Ballydoyle’s Wrote (at 4.2), Daddy LongLegs (4.2) and Tenth Star (5.5) in the Royal Lodge Stakes.
No, my Racing Post Trophy alert is at Gowran Park, where Aidan O’Brien saddles the Galileo debutant, Noah Webster (5.15) and the much-touted Tibet (5.45).
Tibet is reckoned a good thing, so even 3.2 on Betdaq this morning may be a big price come race time, while Noah Webster is easy to back at 8.0 but worth an old punt each way.
It’s just like old times with Glor Na Mara and Eagle Canyon (1.55) still trying for a maiden: steer clear. Those are my Words Of Wisdom (2.55), surely a big price at offers of 7.4 this morning, with conditions to suit.
It’s a family affair at Navan, with Ruby Walsh likely to bring home Royal Reville (2.45) for father Ted (must stop calling him that).
But all eyes will be on Rivage d’Or (4.55). Davy Russell expects this smart hurdler to make up big time into a chaser from day one. That’s today.
The Le Grande Chase (4.25) is a cracker, with Jewson third Loosen My Load tackled by Adams Island, backed for the Kerry National but unseated rider.
At this morning’s prices – odds on Loosen My Load – I took an early position with 5.9 Adams Island.
NAP: Tibet (5.45 Gowran Park)
NEXT BEST: Royal Reveille (2.45 Navan)
EACH WAY: Words Of Wisdom (2.55 Gowran Park), Adams Island (4.25 Navan), Noah Webster (5.15 Gowran Park)
DAQ TRIO: Royal Reveille (2.45 Navan), Rivage d’Or (4.55 Navan), Tibet (5.45 Gowran Park)