Our resident pundit has three bets in Ireland, including a two-point nap at Naas.
TELL US MORE (best price 4-1) clearly showed that he’s got a decent engine under the bonnet at Cork first time out this season as despite jumping out constantly to his left, he somehow still managed to get himself into some sort of challenging position two out after forfeiting countless lengths at each fence. Of course, Gordon Elliot’s charge is going to have to jump a good deal straighter against today’s opposition, but being as he’s now racing left-handed, there’s a decent chance he will do so, and if that does turn out to be the case, he should be capable of holding his own based on raw ability.
All eyes will no doubt be on Ivanovich Gorbatov on his seasonal reappearance, but despite Joseph O’Brien’s having a Grade 1 win next to his name, he may not get things all his own way against the improving and race-fit DE PLOTTING SHED (NAP) (best price 5-4). A smooth winner first time out this season at Navan, Gordon Elliot’s inmate duplicated that performance with another sumptuous display at Thurles last time out and with his confidence at an all-time high at present, he can outstay his main market rival who has yet to race beyond 2m.
CALL VINNIE (best price 11-2) continues to thrive and following another decent effort at Galway in midweek, Robbie McNamara’s inmate is fancied to keep up the good work in this competitive handicap hurdle. A faller two starts ago when looking the most likely winner, the son of Vinnie Roe almost made amends in a similar heat at Ballybrit six days ago but given that he, along with the well treated winner, Scoir Mear, pulled nicely clear of the rest, the form looks fairly useful in the context of this grade.