Action from Aintree today and then onto Liverpool versus Southampton tonight, the eyes of the world will be on Liverpool in some form or another. But I’ll have a quick look at Dundalk tonight and suggest a few for Leopardstown tomorrow and Cork on Sunday.
The 4.05pm today at Aintree, The Topham Handicap Chase over the National fences is previewed here by Alan Marron and tomorrow’s main event, the Grand National is previewed here, with a word on all 40 runners and the writers 1-2-3’s for the great race.
Bruinneall is of interest at a big price in the 12 furlong claiming race at Dundalk this evening, the 6.10pm. On adjusted ratings after taking in account the claiming price, Bruinneall comes in 2nd best of the figures to Georgian Bay who I’m not sure will stay a truly run mile and a half. Sir Mark Prescott’s horse will be hard to beat but is short enough and was beaten fav on his last four runs.
Bruinneall hasn’t run for almost 500 days but has form in the book with previous trainer Jim Bolger to give the 5 year old mare a chance here. Rated 62, she gets 20 pounds allowance for being put in cheaply at 5,000 to claim. Trainers generally like to have horses fit enough after long layoffs to prevent risk of any further injury. Bruinneall means fair maiden as gaelige. She is still a maiden and on ladies day at Aintree, I hope this fair maiden springs a surprise.
2 weeks ago Wild Shot landed a right punt in the ring to win a 10f handicap off 5 pounds less, going away at the line. 2nd that night Latchet has subsequently won at Leopardstown in a competitive handicap boosting the form. Wild Shot looked a frustrating sort with previous trainer but maybe Noel Kelly has found the key to him.
Wild Shot can start slowly, but if in a decent position as the race unfolds, it’s hard to see Wild Shot not backing up in a really ordinary race, the 6.40pm. Up in trip may be the answer for the So You Think gelding.
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St Brelades Bay
The 7.10pm is a 6 furlong handicap where 4 of the 9 runners are out of the handicap due to the presence of the highly rated Alfredo Arcano who spent the last few months in Dubai. St Brelades Bay was disappointing in Naas at the start of the flat turf season but that was his first run for a while and on yielding ground.
St Brelades Bay has some quality pieces on form last season, ending the campaign with four placed efforts in August and September. They included a win up the Curragh, 2nd here off 93 and 3rd in a Group 3 at Naas. While racing off 95 here, this a lesser race than any of those. Summer form > winter form here and as a result St Brelades Bay looks a cracking each way bet.
You Pal Tal
You Pal Tal is a stalwart around Dundalk. A sprinter to note when he comes into form. At 9 years old he hasn’t quite got the class of old but definitely able to mix it off a rating of 55 tonight over his optimum trip. Last day over 7f he didn’t stay but was bang there at the furlong pole.
A few ‘plot’ horses are making his price this evening; Caesars Comet up in trip and Clarinet and Lord Cooper for their new respective trainers. I’ll stick with Your Pal Tal who’s proven and should run a good race at an each way price int he 7.40pm.
Any other Business
Madhmoon should win the 2000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown tomorrow and if he does so impressively, he could go to Newmarket for their Guineas. Ante Post play for the race prior to tomorrow might be the way to go.
Lady Kaya is my fancy in the 1000 Guineas trial tomorrow, the 2.45pm. Sheila Lavery’s star should be more forward than her main dangers.
Fastar in the 3.10pm at Cork on Sunday could be overpriced as didn’t get any run in the Irish Lincoln and that can be forgiven.
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6.10 Bruinneall 20/1
6.40 Wild Shot 11/4
7.10 St Brelades Bay 4/1
7.40 Your Pal Tal 8/1