Thursday 15 October 2020

O'Brien Hoping For A Double At Leopardstown (October 16th)

The drift told the story with newcomer WALTZING at Leicester on Tuesday as the Martyn Meade runner, who was up with the pace, faded badly the final two furlongs. 

My other fancy STONEGARTH, who I had a small each way bet, ran a promising race at Newcastle. The Karl Burke trained Gutaifan gelding was a big price the night before but was heavily backed into 17/2 at race time. The one thing you don’t want to see at the start of a race is your horse slowly away but yes, of course, Stonegarth missed the break but soon caught up and stayed on without threatening the leaders. I will be keeping an eye out for him next timeout so one for the trackers I think. 

In my last post I wrote about the one million gns horse MAHOMES who was another who took a drift and went from 5/2 to 9/2 in around an hour. As I mentioned in my post, I did like the winner ANNANDALE but couldn't bet at the price. Not sure what to make of Mahomes' performance as the Dubawi colt, trained by John Gosden, kept on without looking like landing a blow. Maybe with the winter behind him he could improve and make a nice 3-year-old. 
I also mentioned SIR LUCAN on Twitter who is very well-thought of by O’Brien. 

I’m not one for short odds but the 5/4 was a great price in the end. 

It was nice to see one of Ed Dunlop 2-year-olds to follow come in. This is what Ed said about the Sixties Icon colt: 'Tara ITI is the son of St Leger winner Sixties Icon. He is a powerful looking colt with a good shoulder and hind end. He has taken to work well and should be ready fairly early.' 

13:25 Leopardstown (IRE) 16 Oct 2020 

Plenty of meetings in England tomorrow but all look potential tough races and nothing stands out, so I will venture back over to Ireland with two potentially nice horses plus a potentially nice newcomer for the future. 

BOLSHOI BALLET will no doubt be running in class races in the future. Well, there's no guarantee, of course, but the Galileo colt was born into a nice family and looks a nice type himself after a promising debut at Newmarket at the start of the month. A full-brother to Southern France who improved with age and won the Group 3 St Leger trial Stakes at Curragh at four. Bolshoi Ballet looked in need of the experience at Newmarket and stayed on well when the penny dropped. 

There are plenty of dangers in what looks a nice race. Aidan O'Brien also has SIR LAMORAK, who is a half-brother to A New Dawn. I’m pretty sure we will be hearing more about this Camelot colt in the future so just keep an eye out how he runs tomorrow. 

12:55 Leopardstown (IRE) 16 Oct 2020 

WILLOW has an excellent pedigree but as we know it doesn't guarantee success. The American Pharoah filly has run twice already this season. She ran a decent race last timeout when being snatched up and holding on for third here 85 days ago. Her dam, Peeping Fawn, made her racecourse debut at three and never looked back, winning the Oaks and the Irish Oaks in a memorable year. 

I’m pretty sure we haven't seen the best of the Aidan O’Brien filly and another one from Ballydoyle I am looking forward to watching tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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