Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Foxy Jacks overpriced to strike for Mouse Morris

By Johnny Ward
Sat 31 Oct 2020

Two winners from two selections from Johnny Ward on Saturday, with Battleoverdoyen (9-2) and Massey's Wood (12-1) both scoring. Can our man keep up the good work?

If you are glued to the sofa today, there could be worse scenarios, with two really lively betting cards at Naas and Cork.

The Cork National is quite interesting this year, with some key players quite lightly raced for an event of this nature, but the graded contests look more favourable for a bet.

At Naas, there's at least one cracking bet, and at least two at Cork.

1.00 Naas: King Of The Castle (at 3-1, general)

This brother to six winners, including Serpentine, Wedding Vow and Bye Bye Baby, started off behind stablemate Roman Empire at Gowran, a tough place for a debutant. He came wide coming into the straight and looks a certain improver on pedigree and everything else.

1.42 Cork: Majestic Maid (at 11-10, Sky Bet)

A good-ground bumper winner, she goes fine on bad ground, as she showed when not beaten far at this track behind the smart The Getaway Star and Getaway Gorgeous in a bumper. She ran a fine race at Punchestown and looks a good thing here.

2.15 Cork: Ragnar Lodbrok (at 9-4, general)

Both he and Young Ted are decent staying chasers by Fame And Glory in the making. The Galway form of this one’s return has worked out well. He makes plenty of appeal.

2.35 Naas: Hector De Maris (at 7-2, general)

By Camelot, he was really eye-catching on his handicap debut at Leopardstown, cantering around the field from a bad position out wide into the straight, his run predictably petering out to an extent near the finish but he still kept on well. He got a 3lb rise for that run which is exceptionally lenient. The bet of the card.

2.46 Cork: Foxy Jacks (at 14-1 with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook)

I really like this horse at the prices. He’s only rated 125 but the way Mouse Morris talks about him he’s a lot better than that. He was a smart hurdler and jumped like a pro here last time.

3.05 Naas: Leagan Gaeilge (at 12-1 with Bet365)

A maiden hurdle winner at Christmas, she’s got course form, and looks sure to try to dictate here under Kevin Manning from gate two. I really like how she battled on at Leopardstown when it looked as though she would be swamped.

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