Following a 9/2 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder is back with three selections for Monday's racing.
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Ger Lyons has never won the Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes before but he looks to hold a strong chance this year with Straight Answer (best priced at 9/4). The Juddmonte colt was a well backed favourite on his debut at the Curragh and put in an impressive performance to win by 1 ¼ lengths.
That winning distance doesn’t actually tell the whole story though as the son of Kodiac showed a fantastic turn of foot to go three lengths clear entering the final furlong before Colin Keane allowed him to ease down in final few yards. The second and third from the race haven’t been seen since but the fourth Eriskay won on her next start at Navan so the form has some substance. Ultramarine looks the biggest danger if he is able to replicate his 4th in the Group 1 National Stakes last time but there was a hint of star quality about Straight Answer’s debut win and I expect him to follow up here.
The Willie Mullins trained Bleu Berry (best priced at 11/8) won the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 and despite being lightly raced since, he has shown on his previous two starts that he retains all of his old ability. He beat both Snow Falcon and stablemate Bapaume easily at Punchestown in May over hurdles by 4 ¼ lengths and 7 ½ lengths respectively before looking set to win on his chasing debut at Galway in July.
Bleu Berry jumped extremely well on his first start over fences and looked the most likely winner jumping the final fence but was passed late on by both Streets Of Doyen and Western Run. That was his first run since a 61 day break and also over a trip of 2m6f so he should be better suited by this 2m1f and I expect him to beat Birchdale who makes his stable debut for Enda Bolger having left Nicky Henderson.
The Tim Easterby trained Temper Trap (best priced at 3/1) has won three of his four starts at Hamilton and looks to hold strong claims once again at this venue. His victories have come off marks of 54, 53 and 55 and races here off a mark of 60 as a result of a 5lb rise for his win on his penultimate start. The four-year-old won by 2 ¼ lengths that day under David Allen and connections have decided to book the talented Ella McCain to take off a valuable 3lbs in this apprentice race.
Temper Trap disappointed at Ayr last time but he was slowly away that day and never really got involved. He will be well suited by the return to Hamilton and I am hoping he can upset the favourite Detective who seems to have developed seconditis on his previous four starts.