Thursday has not only racing at Southwell, Wincanton, Limerick, Ffos Las and Chelmsford but also the declarations for day one of the Dublin Racing Festival which starts on Saturday.
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A trappy five-furlong handicap doesn’t look the obvious starting point when hunting for a selection on Thursday but this 0-75 sprint looks very interesting on paper.
Augustus Caesar is likely to be a warm order. He went up 7lbs for winning at Lingfield back in September and his recent second last time out at Chelmsford confirmed he could be competitive still from 77. The selection at the time of writing is an outsider in the field making her handicap debut.
Rosa by Camacho was an impressive winner at Kempton on debut for Archie Watson. Next seen in a race on grass at the back end of the last flat season, she didn’t manage to really get involved in a novice race, beating just two home.
New trainer Richard Fahey has given her just the one run so far to date, finishing a fourth at Wolverhampton. The opening mark allotted to her of 75 seems fair if Fahey can get her back to the sort of form she was in for previous connections on debut.
Ffos Las (14.45)
Jumping-wise, this to my eye looks one of the more interesting races on the cards today. The favourite Kateson was a high-class bumper horse finishing second in a grade two at Aintree. After a decent spell over hurdles, he has been over fences for his last three runs.
The errors made last time out at Newbury when going up in trip over fences concerns me and whilst he remains to have scope in this sphere, I am not sure he is one to be backing at the prices today.
Whilst the race is named after the trainer of Present Value, and claims could be made for him, it is Jammy George that I wish to be on today.
Harry Whittington picked up a big prize at Cheltenham on Saturday and his recent run to form percentage would be encouraging.
Jammy George was second last time out at Newbury in first-time cheek pieces. Providing he can put in a similar round of jumping today, this type of race looks winnable to the seven-year-old by Multiplex.