The weekend has almost landed, but before it does, Sam Boswell is here to give you his top tips ahead of Friday’s action at Chester and the Curragh.
Arguably the most interesting race of the day comes from the Curragh. Ten line up for the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes.
Search For A Song goes into this top-rated for Dermot Weld. He previously won the Irish St Leger, beating Kew Gardens in the process.
A lot has gone on since then, and on reappearance, he put in a slightly disappointing performance in the Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes where he finished 6th. He was then pulled up at Cork in a Group 3, before improving to finish 3rd to Magical in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
That was his best run of the season, however, I do think he could be vulnerable here, especially when giving weight away to the two 3-year-olds in the field. Delphi (14:30) looks the more dangerous of the two, and I fancy him to get the job done for Aiden O’Brien.
By Galileo, he’s had just the 4 runs so far, winning 3. The ground is no cause for concern as he can handle most conditions. I see no problem with him getting the trip here and think he’s the most likely to overturn the favourite.
The 1m4½f Storyhouse Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Chester has cut up quite a bit with just 5 runners remaining. That said, it still looks like an excellent opportunity for William Haggas to saddle another winner.
The trainer has been in good form and boasts a 25% strike rate just now. He runs Midrarr (17:10) here, and with Tom Marquand aboard, it looks like she’ll have leading claims.
She was 3rd last time out at Newbury over 1m2f in what looked a decent race. The winner has subsequently gone on to finish 3rd and the runner-up has good form in her locker as well.
The opposition here looks limited. Horn of Plenty has had many chances already and goes into this off an inferior rating.
The newcomer, Miss Sligo should benefit from the experience and will be in need of the run. Ribbon Gold has looked moderate in her first two starts for Mark Johnston and Eltham Palace has been off the track for over the year.
So, of the 5 runners, Midrarr looks to be the one to be with at Chester.