There's five selections from our racing tipster today, including a two point NAP over at Listowel.
The conditions can get quite testing very quickly at today’s Co Kerry venue so with previous soft ground in the bag a prerequisite, both ALLEGIO (best price 9-1) and PANSTARR (best price 8-1) stand out as two value bets against the field.
The former was in terrific form in the early part of the season when the mud was flying and his victory in atrocious conditions at Cork rubber-stamped his love for plenty of ease underfoot.
Although beaten on her last three starts on a quicker surface, you couldn’t fault Denis Hogan’s gelding’s commitment to the task and his effort when making course specialist I’ So Fancy at the Curragh pull out all the stops two outings ago has to go down as a career-high performance.
Having run well on his two previous visits to today’s tight left-handed track, the son of Galileo also ticks that particular box and with a positive ride towards the head of affairs very likely, the five-year-old can put up a bold show at rewarding odds.
The latter hasn’t managed to score so far this season, but she’s been as consistent as ever and now returning to her similar conditions which saw her win twice during the last campaign, Jim Bolger’s filly makes plenty of appeal.
A cracking effort over a trip just short of her best at the Galway Festival two starts ago highlighted her current wellbeing and she also did nothing wrong last time out behind the classy Making Light (likely to tackle Group 1 company next) and subsequent Leopardstown winner, Pincheck.
A filly that likes to race close to the pace, the daughter of Pivotal will keep plugging away when others have cried enough.
An attacking ride from the front over a mile bared fruit for INVINCIBLE KARMA (best price 6-4) at Roscommon last time out and having drawn the favoured one box out of the hat here this afternoon, a similar forceful ride around the paintwork should see Jessica Harrington’s game colt hard to catch over a track that should play into his strengths.
Not quite up to Group 2 standard the time before, the son of Invincible Spirit was a totally different proposition upped in trip at the Lenebane circuit and that ability he displayed to grind away once gifted an uncontested lead should stand him good stead under similar conditions here this afternoon.
A desperately weak affair and its one that SPIRIT OF BIG BANG (NAP) (best price 6-4) should be capable of grasping with both hands on the evidence of his three starts to date. An eye-catcher first time out at Leopardstown, Micky Halford’s gelding went on to run a blinder from bad draw in a hot maiden at Galway several months later and that was backed up by another solid effort at the Killarney Festival last time out.
Although he couldn’t quite reel back stable mate Vivianite who’d obtained first run in the straight, he impressed with his attitude in trying to run down his main market rival in the latter stages and with him having proven form over further on soft ground in the book, the son of Inkikhab hopefully won’t squander this golden opportunity to get off the mark.
MISS GREEN DREAM (best price 6-1) has shaped better than her finishing position has suggested on both her two starts to date and she’s fancied to go well on all-weather debut. Outpaced until running on nicely in the closing stages on her opening bow over 5f at Yarmouth, Stuart Williams’ filly was unlucky to find such hot competition facing her last time out at Newmarket but she still performed with great credit.
Up with the strong pace until getting a little weary on the climb to the line in the closing stages, she still finished in and around horses who’ve either gone on to win or at least finish placed next time out and providing she’s ridden on her merits her this evening (third run for handicap mark), the daughter of Oasis Dream has the form in the book and ability to go close in a race of this modest nature.