It feels a long time since we were enjoying the buzz of the Cheltenham Festival. Firstly, a big thank you to those who gave me such nice feedback on the Cheltenham blogs; it was great to end the week well in profit and Thursday’s four winners at nice prices certainly was the highlight for me.
With limited action, my focus will turn to Ireland and perhaps the Dubai World Cup. You won’t find me covering Hong Kong or action from South Africa as it wouldn’t be something I would have any strong knowledge of.
As ever, ensure your betting remains fun and measured. I have three suggestions for you to consider from the eight-race card.
Line Judge to win
This six-runner auction race is an interesting affair. With just the six runners it may lack in numbers but has three at the front of the market to weigh up.
Aerclub was a course and distance winner on debut for Henry De Bromhead last year, his yard remain in good form over the jumps and sets the standard. For all he could improve, having to carry nine stone nine pounds in the context of this race could be a step too far.
Flower Garland for Donnacha O’Brien currently challenges Aeclub for favouritism. One of the most exposed in the field, she has very fair claims but at the prices, I want to look at Line Judge trained by his brother Joseph.
Her debut run was a fair third on her only start. The second from that day has run well twice since finishing placed on both starts. Given how unexposed she is and at the weights, I am keen to have a small win bet on Line Judge over the two market principles.
Juliet Rose to win
Just an hour later, Joseph O’Brien will hopefully look to make it a double with Juliet Rose under Declan McDonogh. The 11/10 fav was second last time out in a fair race and even just a replication of that effort today should have her go close.
China’s Storm was just too strong for her at this venue last month. Today, Dutch Admiral – fourth in a listed race last time out – looks to be the chief danger. Despite that nice run, I am sticking with Juliet Rose to give Camelot another winner in this average-looking maiden.
Misty At Sea – Each Way
The final section runs in the six-furlong handicap. This looks a competitive heat with Major Power heading the betting off the back of a hat trick of wins here at Dundalk.
Whilst he would have every chance of running with credit again, at the prices I want to look elsewhere and feel Misty At Sea could offer some each-way value at around 9/1.
The four-year-old has run with credit on three occasions at Dundalk, most recently when fourth in a maiden back in February. A mark of 72 perhaps doesn’t look a total gift but I can see him outrunning his price and is of interest today, his first time in a handicap.