Sam Boswell is back with his selections ahead of Wednesday’s action at Galway and Goodwood.
The Sussex Stakes looks to be a high-class renewal of this Group One race. We have contenders from both sides for the Irish sea. Siskin heads the betting for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane has chosen to come over and ride the horse.
A very impressive winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas when faced with a whole host of challengers from the Aidan O’Brien team. He won that day over a mile in taking fashion and does look to have a good turn of foot.
but he won’t have things his own way with the likes of Markus Tregoning’s Mohaather in here who was a good winner last time out when claiming the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot.
It is easy to make a good case for either of those two but you mustn’t rule out Kameko for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy who ran a huge race when winning the 2000 Guineas. Didn’t have the best of times in the Derby over one mile four furlongs, so the return to a mile should really suit and looks to have a good chance too.
That’s before we’ve even mentioned Aidan O’Brien who is triple handed in the race however it is the favourite Siskin who I back here. He is 85/40 and boasts a perfect record, I really think everything is in hos favour with the drying ground. This would be a huge feather in Ger Lyons’ cap if he can claim this race but he is having a sensational season and I think he and Colin Keane can get their head in front once again.
The Big Lense Each-Way
The Galway Plate is always one of the highlights of the summer jump race season and this year’s renewal looks fiercely competitive as ever with 25 horses set to go to post. The race is dominated by the likes of Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins, Joseph O’Brien, and Henry De Bromheadwith plenty of pace looking to be on in this two-mile contest.
Trends would suggest you want a horse trained by either Gordon or Henry and something that carries less than 11 stone. With that in mind, I’m quite keen to have a small each-way bet on The Big Lense for Gordon Elliott at around 20/1, with BetVictor offering five places for each-way punters.
This is a horse that fits a similar profile to last year’s winner the late Borice. Elliott’s runner look to be turning a bit of a corner and the horse had a recent run at Kilbeggan where he finished a fair fifth. Going back over some of his older form, you do have to forgive him for a few unseats and he will need to make sure his jumping is spot on.
The trip looks well within range coming back to two miles six furlongs today around Galway. The horse could just be a bit overpriced at 20s for a yard that knows what it takes to win the race