Saturday Racing (25/04/09)
Triple Champion Hurdle winning jockey Steve Smith Eccles previews the action.
Charlie Swan’s sends over Oodachee for Sandown's 3.10 and this one has been well supported in the market recently and ran well at Aintree in the Topham Trophy last time out when finishing second over two miles five furlongs. She will be much better suited by today’s longer trip of three and a quarter miles, is as tough as old boots, will love this fast ground, and is handily weighted carrying ten stone five this afternoon and must have every chance.
There is still a question mark over the stamina of seven furlong specialist Paco Boy over this stiff one mile trip with its uphill finish, and that doubt could open the door for Virtual, trained by the red hot John Gosden. He rattled off a hat trick in his final three races last season, including two competitive Listed races, and is in fine fettle on the home gallops having been working with the classy Pipedreamer (who runs in the next race), and on the evidence of that work he is expected to make the jump up to Group class here in the 3.45.
A daughter of Elusive Quality, Rublevka Star was sixth on her debut at Yarmouth over six furlongs last year in what turned out to be a decent race, with three subsequent winners in front of her and a further four more behind her making the form pretty solid. Next time out she won at Great Leighs when dropped down to five furlongs which seemed to suit this speedy sort, and as she gets in here off a very handy mark of only 65 and is reported to be flying at home she should win the 6.10 from Haydock with the minimum of effort.
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