Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Ask Susan can provide the answers

By Johnny Ward
Sat 7 Sep 2019

We are counting down to Longines Irish Champions Weekend, and this weekend serves as a nice appetiser.

I quite like the Navan card on Saturday, while Sunday sees the start of the Listowel Harvest Festival and presents quite a tricky offering for punters.

Sunday selections:

2.00 Listowel: Mianna

Mianna is by Fast Company and it is no surprise that she stays and handles soft terrain.

Her trainer has run only two over jumps this season and the other one, Multiviz, won at 33-1.

Mianna did not shape badly when third on her hurdling bow at Listowel, staying on strongly behind the exciting Fujimoto Flyer and hot favourite Harvest Bow. She has a feather weight here, getting 20lb off the top two for a start.

4.40 Listowel: Ask Susan

A recruit from another stable joining Willie Mullins tends to be a reason to fret if you are backing anything else, and Ask Susan looks the main player here.

The seven-year-old has had four runs for Mullins and has been beaten every time but she did everything bar win over hurdles at the Galway Festival and should be hard to beat back chasing here in a race likely to be run at a strong gallop.

Saturday selections:

2.20 Navan: Anythingyouwantobe

A maximum-field sprint handicap is not for everyone and punters are advised to get the best each-way offers here, but the main advice is to back Anythingyouwantobe.

Sprinters wearing hoods are probably not for the mortgage but this filly is surely far better than her present mark and she should be too, being by Kingman out of Clenor, an Oratorio mare with very classy form.

She met all manner of trouble at the Curragh last time but that run, on a straight track, is a pretty ideal prep for this.

On the evidence of her previous Sligo run, which Anythingyouwantobe probably needed, she would be better off ridden for toe. She looks the bet of the weekend.

2.35 Wexford: Lady Of The Sea

This mare was nicely backed at big prices at Down Royal when the trip was on the sharp side. She will be better over this distance and likes her local track.

4.05 Navan: Attack At Dawn

Kevin Prendergast could be on the cusp of his biggest win as a trainer next weekend via Madhmoon, some going for an 87-year-old, and Attack At Dawn is well-named for this early riser.

This horse is well-treated and has more to offer over staying distances.

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