Our resident pundit has two selections from Dundalk, as well as one over the jumps at Southwell.
PRIMO UOMO (best price 5-1) has just won one race in 12 starts, but he has turned in so many solid performances in defeat to suggest he’s deserved more than those stats indicate. Indeed, of four separate occasions, the son of Strategic Prince has finished second over today’s C&D and it is surely only a matter of time before things go his way and he finally manages to get his head in front. On the latest of those efforts, Gerard O’Leary’s charge chased home probably the best current sprinter in Ireland on this surface in the shape of Chiclet, and with many of today’s opponents well beaten in behind, there’s more than a fair chance he will uphold the form from his favourable inside draw.
Chiclet has been the queen of the all-weather scene at this track for some time now, but the combination of a nasty high draw and six furlongs may just count against her and with that in mind, local favourite RUSSIAN SOUL (best price 7-1) might just be capable of picking up the pieces even though he’s at the ripe old age of eight. A real regular around these parts. Michael Halford’s inmate ran as well as expected over a trip short of his best on his latest outing, but now returning to his optimum distance, the son of Invincible Spirit has decent prospects of adding to his impressive C&D stats of 11441.
The likes of Cardinal Palace and Your Busy have proved on the odd occasion that when James Nash sends one over the Irish Sea he usually means business and in the shape of VINTAGE SALON (best price 15-8), the Co Kildare has a fair chance of plundering another prize from the clutches of the home contingent. Despite her 33-1 price tag, there didn’t appear to be any fluke about her defeat of the useful mare Kalopsia at Roscommon two starts and although she failed to build on that performance on her latest outing at Limerick, much stiffer competition and the step up to 2m 4f were valid excuses for her slightly below-par effort. Back over the minimum trip and taking on a largely modest bunch of opponents, the daughter of King’s Theatre has a fine chance of getting back to winning ways.