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Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Marmolata "potentially very well-treated"

By Johnny Ward
Sat 11 Jul 2020

Our Irish racing expert has a number of fancies at Dundalk and Cork on Sunday, two of three meetings that will be shown live on Racing TV.

2.30 Dundalk: Tammany Hall at a general 16-1

Charles O'Brien struck in a big-field Curragh handicap with Big Gossey, who came to prominence over the winter series at Dundalk, where racing resumes now with a new surface.

Tammany Hall is out of a well-related winner and by No Nay Never. There was no strength in the wagering on debut, yet he was given a really nice introduction by Niall McCullagh in a traditionally hot Curragh maiden, just behind Irish Chief who was narrowly denied in another Curragh maiden subsequently.

He looks sure to improve and could be a nice price in a competitive maiden.

3.40 Cork: Grammata at a general 7-4

Chief Little Hawk has not improved since his debut and may be vulnerable to the two fillies here, with Grammata the more likely considering she reversed Curragh form with Dickiedooda at Royal Ascot, when travelling like a horse with plenty of ability.

4.00 Dundalk: La Novia at a general 8-1

Leanne Breen is an ambitious young trainer and she can strike here with La Novia, a one-time course-and-distance winner who also likes Fairyhouse, where she was eye-catching the last twice.

Her chance is as clear as day here off a rating of 56 from stall one.

4.40 Cork: Collaborating at 7-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

It usually takes a smart horse to win at Gowran Park first time out, especially after blowing the start as Collaborating did four weeks ago.

The Bated Breath gelding looked much the best on the day and can surely only improve. His half-brother, Goodwood Zodiac, achieved a rating of 100 and the prospect of this horse being better than his effective mark of 84 is pretty obvious.

He also has the size to get better with time plus has an ideal draw.

5.30 Dundalk: Dalvey at a general 8-1

Monarch Of Egypt should win this if he stays, but Siskin's old rival has just the one win to his regal name and that was over a trip less than half as far as this one.

It looks worth a shot in a curiously-timed Ballysax, but Dalvey's stamina is set in stone and he is preferred at the likely odds.

6.00 Dundalk: Marmolata at 4-1 with William Hill

This filly never got remotely involved at Limerick a couple of weeks ago. She cantered through the race, hugging the inner, and was almost brought down around two furlongs out, finishing her race freewheeling.

That was her first start for Emmet Mullins, having been claimed after a narrow miss on her final start for Ger Lyons.

She looks a near-certain improver over this trip and a potentially very well-treated horse.

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