In Like Flynn
Pat Flynn should sleep soundly tonight, contented after winning the last at Dundalk today. The County Waterford trainer is double handed in the 6.00pm with the in-form Sleepy Head and Rips Dream. Rips Dream is the selection at the prices.
The son of Rip Van Winkle ran a fine race last time out when finishing off really well behind Park Row. The step up to 12 furlongs seemed to really suit when he powered home in second a month ago. Rips Dream is better drawn in stall 10 than his stablemate and Conor Hoban rides again.
The three pound rise isn’t too much of a worry as the 3yo gelding is relatively unexposed and both Lady de Vesci and Yo Tambien who finished behind him have won since.
Heir to the Handicap
Earlier on the card Descendant runs in the 3 year old handicap at 4.55pm. Miss Katy Brown’s charge was a fast finishing 3rd here last time out. Today he steps up to a mile which should be more to his liking.
Descendant seemed to react well to cheek-pieces when applied 19 days ago and gets the aid of them again. The son of Paco Boy also enjoyed some cover which he didn’t have on his penultimate start. He also clearly relished challenging between runners. Stall one and an extra furlong should work a treat for connections.
The two pounds of a rise isn’t too much of an issue as Descendant did well to pass rivals in the straight off a steady pace last time and takes on his own age group here which should be easier in theory.
Here Come the Girls
Elsewhere on the card a couple of lady ridden horses appeal as being overpriced. Al Batal and Amy O’Hanlon could win the first on the card. Al Batal ran a blinder in Navan last week when the ground was unseasonably firm.
The quick all weather surface shouldn’t be too different and an easier five furlongs should be just the ticket for the John McConnell trained gelding, who’s been headed inside the final furlong on his last two runs up the hill at Navan.
10 year old Oor Jock is ridden by Sylvia O’Donnell in the 3.50pm. It’s only two starts ago since the old boy won at Tipperary, beating subsequent winner Time Stands Still off today’s mark. Oor Jock’s run isn’t as bad as on paper here a fortnight ago as it seems, when mad wide all the way.
The inexperienced Sylvia O’ Donnell may have an easier time of things from stall four today and is value to hit the frame at a dismissive price.
Al Batal 4/1
Oor Jock 40/1
Rips Dream 5/1