Good morning all,
It was all about the Derby & Oaks last week. First, we had the Chester Vase & Cheshire Oaks. Then on Saturday it was Classic Trial’s Day at Lingfield and yesterday it was the normally informative Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown. More on that race in tomorrow’s column. Oh, and there’s more trials this week at York’s Dante Meeting.
Inside today’s main piece I look back at Saturday’s Lingfield Classic Trials. Plus, I have had a look at a couple of races at Killarney.
Bitter sweet for punters
There was plenty of rain at the Surrey track on Saturday morning. However, the ground wasn’t as testing as some had feared. The going was officially described as soft but looking at the race times it was more good to soft.
Lingfield’s Oaks Trial had been dominated in recent seasons by John Gosden and the trainer saddled two in this year’s renewal in the shape of Loving Dream & Regent. It was the former that took them along. Coming to two out she was headed by 28/1 shot Sherbet Lemon. However, she showed a good attitude to hold off her rivals to win by ¾ length from Save The Forest and Ocean Road. The first five home finished in a bit of a heap, with just 3 lengths separating them. The race was slowly run and I would be amazed if there was an Oaks filly among them.
Runner-up Save The Forest who had previously won a Windsor handicap off 79 continued her improvement and should be able to win again. The third Ocean Road was having her first start since December and ran with promise. She's another who should be able to win more races this season.
As for the winner she played a big compliment to Oaks hopeful Noon Star who was 4th to at Wetherby last time.
Roger Varian saddled the winner of Lingfield’s Derby Trial with Third Realm. The son of Sea The Stars isn’t the biggest but he’s a handy sort who had no difficulty with the track. A winner of Nottingham maiden on his seasonal return. He made good headway on the outside and only had to be pushed out to hold off the 6/5 favourite Adayar. Adayar a much bigger colt was in with a chance two out but he’s a grinder and he didn’t have the pace to deal with the winner.
Unlike the Oaks Trial. At least the race was run at a decent gallop. Third Realm will now head to the Derby for which he is a best priced 12/1. The track will hold no fears for the colt that’s for sure. He’s also ground versatile, having previously run on good to firm and looks to have a better chance at Epsom than Chester Vase winner Youth Spirit.
In tomorrow’s column I will be looking back at the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
The best of today’s racing is over the Irish Sea at Killarney.
6:10 – Easy Clean Limited Handicap Hurdle – 2m 6f
Max Flamingo a winner over the distance at Fairyhouse two starts back wasn’t disgraced when 4th of 20 in a better race at the Punchestown Festival. A 7lb conditional takes the ride on the 6-year-old and he should remain competitive.
Ben Dundee could only finish 12th in that Punchestown race. However, he ran better than he’s final distance beaten suggests and was still in with a chance coming two out, before his stamina began to run out. The drop back to 2m 6f should suit and he’s got each way claims.
Grange Walk ran like the run was needed when 7th of 13 in novice hurdle at Limerick last time. That was the 6-year-old’s first run since October and the yard is among the winners. He's a lively outsider at big odds.
7:10 – GMHD Killarney National Handicap Chase – 3m 2f
Fag An Bealach won the Ulster National two starts back. However, she’s never been the most consistent of horses and she disappointed at Punchestown last time. Rachel Blackmore has been booked for the ride but you don’t really know whether she will bounce back to her Downpatrick form.
Shady Operator fell four out in the Ulster National. This track should suit him better than Downpatrick. He's a definite contender, if his confidence hasn’t been dented by his fall. Trainer Enda Bolger has won two of the four running of the race and he could have a third here.
6:10 – Grange Walk – – 28/1 @ Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook (both paying 5 places 1/5 odds).
Good luck with your Monday bets.
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