An 8/1 double at Wolverhampton last Friday night (Tourmar 5/6f, Dutch Garden 7/2) kept us honest and I’ll be trying to keep the run going with a few fancies tonight on the dirt.
With all the build up to Cheltenham you’d nearly forget the the Turf Flat season will start shortly afterwards as we count down to the first English Classics of the season in May.
I haven’t delved into it too much at the minute but Air Force Blue is a short-priced fav for the 2,000 Guineas on May 07. However, I’m told that you can put a line through Godolphin’s Emotionless run in the Dewhurst Stakes when he finished last to Aidan O’Brien’s raider. He’s had a slight operation to remove a chip on his left fore-knee and this looks to have done the trick. Remains a player for the colts’ Classic for which he’s a double-digit price.
But we’ve more immediate concerns with Friday’s action…
Jaarih, Wolverhampton, 5:15pm
He won a Southwell claimer three starts back without breaking sweat and was immediately claimed by the new connections. Went far too fast over 6f at Lingfield when finishing third but made no mistake back at Southwell in a very quick time. Has already shown a good level of ability at Wolverhampton and can shoulder the penalty to win again.
Sbraase, Wolverhampton, 6:45pm
A good operator on the all-weather as his profile suggests. He has three wins and three seconds from eight runs and jockey Martin Harley has a 50 per cent strike rate on him. He beat a very good yardstick in Barye around this track a few runs back and goes well fresh. With plenty of recent winning form in the line-up we should get a decent price about him.
Geological, Dundalk, 5:30pm
This is his third try for the tidy little Damian English outfit after running a couple of blinders behind some solid types like Chiclet here. Connections take 7lbs off his back tonight and should he continue his progress – he can collect.
Drillmaster, Dundalk, 7:30pm
Caught the eye on handicap debut here over 7 furlongs behind Spruce Meadows who re-opposes. Drillmaster was nudged along for most of the race to keep in touch and the fact that he had something left late on to get involved suggests that tonight’s step up to a mile is going to be perfect.
Brosnan, Dundalk, 8:30pm
Johnny Levins runner has been up and down in trip like a yo-yo recently but keeps on running consistently well without winning. The 1m trip just caught him out on his latest start when finishing well. He’s a feather-weight on his back again with Killian Leonard claiming the 7lbs. Overdue a second lifetime win and can get it here.