SHAMROCK NAPS THE CLASS ACT: Shamrock was spot on yesterday in nominating Teolane (WON 11-10) for the classy two-year-old Listed race at Naas.
9.4 BETDAQ OUTSIDER ALSO WINS: His outsider, Six Of Hearts (WON 7-1), which was 9.4 on Betdaq in the morning, held on in a blanket finish.
I should stick to that Teolane. Jim Bolger’s Teofilo filly made all yesterday in the race the stable won with the smart Cuis Ghare before she scored at Royal Ascot.
Whether Teolane takes the same route or not – maybe the Moyglare will give her more breathing space – I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about her in the two-year-old trials season.
TODAY: Irish raiders are hoping for a benefit evening (hint hint) at Ffos Las, with Co. Carlow trainer, ‘Shark’ Hanlon nap handed, and stables from Galway and Wexford also joining the mission.
TOMORROW: There’s jumping at Clonmel tomorrow, where David Martin Kelly has chosen the Nationalist Handicap Hurdle (6.50) over the Thorney Bridge (7.20) for his Sunday Kilbeggan winner, hoping to beat the handicap revision.
THURSDAY: Leopardstown’s Group-3 Ballyogan Stakes is a clash of three-year-olds and older horses, with the score 2-2 in the last four years.
The older winners were both English raiders, and they now go for a hat-trick with runners for Clive Cox (Capercaillie) and Roger Varian (Beyond Desire) on the cards, while Sir Mark Prescott may yet send over his three-year-old Hooray, the 2010 Cheveley Park winner, though it’s a bit close to her Epsom Listed success.
FRIDAY: A double bill of Navan and Wexford. Six Of Hearts could reappear at Navan with a penalty. Wexford has a cracking little novice hurdle, with five last-time winners still on the card.
Among them is Tony Martin’s Redera, who looked reborn at Limerick last month when he drew right away from a field of 15 under Ruby Walsh.
SATURDAY: Limerick switches to the Flat on Saturday, when I shall have my eye on Jessica Harrington’s German recruit, Glamorous, a filly with a sequence of nine consecutive places at home before an acclimatising run at Tipperary a week back.
NAP: Benefit Evening (8.10 Ffos Las)
NEXT BEST: Asia To Cuba (7.35 Ffos Las)
OUTSIDER: Lemonade Jack (7.35 Ffos Las)
DAQ TRIO: Asia To Cuba (7.35 Ffos Las), Benefit Evening (8.10 Ffos Las), Rickardstown (8.45 Ffos Las).