Bellewstown July Festival: Day One (Weds)

Alan Marron previews Day One of the Bellewstown festival


5.30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Median Auction Maiden of €16,000.00

SECRET STASH ran a debut full of promise when fifth of nine at Fairyhouse back on the 14th of June. She had a troubled passage throughout and was green in the rear and ran on well up the straight to be nearest at the finish.

Any improvement from this Jessica Harrington filly could see her very hard to beat. The form of that race has yet to be tested but she has a nice draw and her experience should count for plenty here.

6.00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden of €14,500.00

A very poor race here with the likely favourite Sam Langford not really a betting proposition.  RUBY’S JAZZ is well bred, being by Red Jazz, s speed influence, and the question is whether he is precocious enough to make a winning debut. A speculative each-way selection.

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6.30 Drogheda Traders Handicap of €20,000.00

GEOLOGICAL should be well suited by the draw here as he races up to the pace. Most of his runs have been on the all weather at Dundalk but he could put his rivals to the sword here from an early stage.

Last time out he finished fourth of ten at Naas, which is a stiffer track than Bellewstown. He could get the run of the race here and be very competitive.

7.00 2m1f (2m1f22y) Drogheda Traders Plate (Q.R.) Handicap (4yo+)


HOT BEAT could be a very interesting runner here for Ted Walsh with the maestro Derek O Connor aboard.

He ran really well on his first run for the stable when third at Listowel last time out.

He was very lightly raced when with David Simcock in the UK so could have more improvement here for a very shrewd team.

He was rated as high as 96 when in England so he has some ability. If he does show up prominently here, he could be one to watch for the big amateur two-mile handicap at Galway.

7.30 1m (7f187y) Tara Stud Handicap (3yo 50-80)

Aidan O Brien, fresh from his Irish Derby success, wouldn’t have too many horses in his stable that would be able to run in a 50-80 handicap. A set of blinkers are added to his filly in this race on TRACING and they might just set her alight and we could see a completely different performance this time around.

She has dropped 6lb in the handicap this season from her first run, and on some of her two-year-old form, she would have a very solid chance.

One of her most interesting formlines is a midfield finish in a maiden behind her stablemate Happen. The second, Morpho Blue, has some solid form for Jessica Harrington also. Small each-way chance if the blinkers work the oracle.

8.00 1m (7f187y) Tote Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65)

Local trainer Tom McCourt is double-handed here and his mare LADY SAVANNAH could be a solid each-way option.

She showed a return to form last time out when third at Gowran Park and races from the same handicap mark here.

The draw is normally vital around here and can get you close to the pace, where you need to be. This is a drop in grade in terms of some of the races that she has been contesting and she looks decent each-way value here.

8.30 1m (7f187y) Tote Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 45-65)

The booking of Colin Keane for the Damian English-trained DANCE ALONE is very interesting, to say the least.

He is very well-handicapped and is 3lb lower than for his last victory, even though that was June 2018.

This is the first time that Colin Keane has got the leg up on this horse and it suggests that the stable means business. He likes to be prominent in his races and looks to be a solid each-way price here.

9.00 1m4½f (1m4f63y) Tote Fillies Maiden (3yo+)

The form lines around HAZAKIYRA are very solid to say the least. On a line through Encapsulation, who has since left Noel Meade and gone to Andrew Balding, we see that Hazakiyra was beaten five lengths by Encapsulation.

This race looks trappy enough, but the master of Roswell House will have this filly primed to break her maiden. The step up in trip is sure to suit. She is by Camelot (an Epsom and Irish Derby winner) and, also, is closely related to Epsom and Irish Derby winner Harzand, so a mile and a half should be right up her street.

Alan Marron’s selections (with today’s market movements, as at 2pm on Wednesday)

5:30pm Secret Stash – 5/2 into 15/8

6pm Ruby’s Jazz 18/1 into 11/1

6:30pm Geological  – 5/1 into 9/2

7pm Hot Beat (Non Runner)

7:30pm Tracing  – 7/1 out to 15/2

8pm Lady Savannah – 9/1 into 17/2

8:30pm Dance Alone – 14/1 into 12/1

9pm Hazakiyra -5/1 out to 8/1 – The market mover in this race is Aidan O’Brien-trained South Sea Pearl, 11/8 into 10/11. She is by Galileo and is out of a Group3 and Lingfield Oaks Trial winner called Cassydora

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