Sunday 24th March 2019
TOTE IRISH LINCOLNSHIRE (PREMIER HANDICAP)
The flat season officially gets underway this Sunday at Naas with the Irish Lincolnshire taking centre stage, a Premier Handicap which is contested over a mile and has a pot of £100,000 to the winner. This year’s renewal has attracted 23 runners and they
are headed by the Jim Bolger trained Theobald. He’s a horse that seems to of been around for a while but is still only a four year old, he’s a smart sort who was last seen when winning a minor contest at Dundalk. Kevin Manning takes the ride. Ger Lyons has a couple of entries in Karawaan and Tony The Gent. Karawaan appears the first string with Colin Keane on board, formerly of Sir Michael Stoute he was a decent handicapper in the UK and stays this kind of trip. He is however untested on this type of ground.
Adrian McGuinness also has a couple of representatives in the line and these come in the form of Aussie Valentine and Master Speaker. Aussie Valentine looks narrowly the more fancied of the two judging by the betting, he’s a prominent racer that is very versatile ground wise and often gives his running. Master Speaker is also versatile ground wise who shouldn’t have any problem with this trip. In his case he’s often held up unlike his stablemate. These are 11/1 and 14/1 respectively. Richard Fahey often targets this race and he’s done so again this time with three raiders, the more fancied two coming in the form of Crownthorpe and Calvados Sprit who aren’t separated by a great deal at all in the betting. Paul Hanagan rides Calvados Spirit with Tony Hamilton on Crownthorpe and these two can be found trading at a general 12/1. Society Red concludes the Fahey three and is the mount of five pound claimer Connor Murtagh. The top class dual purpose trainer Jessica Harrington sends Marshall Jennings and Chacor to take their places here. Both come here with a bit to find on current form but certainly aren’t without a chance on their best known form. Other runners to note look to be Ciao, Quizical and Honor Oak.
My Bet (s):
EACH WAY: AUSSIE VALENTINE (11/1)
(In form trainer in McGuinness and he’ll have no problem with the trip or ground, could well put in a bold effort from a prominent position.)
EACH WAY: QUIZICAL (20/1)
(Generally acts on heavy going so any rain will be welcomed, got some decent form behind some decent types and is often up with the pace. Could outrun his odds.)