Saturday Racing (18/04/09)
Triple Champion Hurdle winning jockey Steve Smith Eccles previews the action.
In the 1.30 Newbury the bet has to be EBIAYN.I have had a strong message this morning for this three year old colt from the in form Michael Jarvis yard, who had just the one run as a two year old finishing third of eleven in a mile maiden at Nottingham last October. With the second and fourth having won since the form is looking pretty decent, and as he has wintered well, improved out of all recognition, and is fit enough to do himself justice he should take all the beating here.
In the 3.10 at Newbury MAOINEACH looks a bet, When Irish trainer Jim Bolger sends a raider over the sea they always have to be respected, and this filly ran twice last season in Group Three races, winning one on her debut on soft ground at the Curragh before failing to fire in France on her only other outing, which is probably best forgotten. She did make a successful reappearance at Leopardstown last month staying on well to win another Group Three contest comfortably, and with her form on soft ground and the benefit of a run under her belt she ticks all the right boxes here for me.
In the 5.20 at Newbury I like FOOLIN MYSELF. Although he did not run last year as a three year old this was only due to various little niggling problems, but he did run very creditably in his two seven furlong maidens at Newmarket as a two year old, winning the second one when seeing off Tartan Bearer by one and quarter lengths, and he went on to win the Dante Stakes and finish runner up in the Epsom Derby! Highly regarded by connections who believe he is basically a Group class horse running in a handicap, he is potentially thrown in here off a mark of 85, and being a son of Montjeu should comfortably handle the softer under foot conditions
GILBARRY looks a good thing in the 5.35 at Ayr, but is too short for my liking. He should be the proverbial penalty kick without a goalkeeper having won his only start to date when bolting up by six lengths at Kelso under similar conditions, looking sure to improve for the run, and if that is the case this looks like a simple task for this four year old to keep his one hundred percent record.
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