By Kevin O'Malley, www.tote.co.uk
I'm focusing on the action in Ireland today, where we have decent Flat racing from Roscommon and some good stuff over the jumps at Killarney to look forward to in Ireland on Tuesday. Below you’ll find the latest trio of dark horses I think have the potential to outrun their odds at those meetings.
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With Jessica Harrington and jockey Shane Foley in rampant form in recent days, Castel Gandolfo can be considered a worthy market leader here on the back of a good second at Gowran on debut. Ger Lyons and the in-form Johnny Murtagh are also well-represented in this 10-furlong maiden.
The top of the market is tight and competitive, but a majority of the field have enjoyed a run or two, so we do have some evidence to work with. The lively outsider at the likely prices is Andy Oliver’s DANGER MONEY.
Unlike most of these, who’re stepping up in trip, this horse ran over 12 furlongs at Limerick last time out, finishing fourth behind smart staying prospect Dawn Rising. Look out for that Galileo colt later in the week if he travels over for the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket’s July meeting.
On that effort, Danger Money would have 8-10lb of improvement required to level with the market leaders, but he is a well-bred sort who should both progress and finish off his race a little stronger over this shorter trip. In itself, his experience over further makes him the interesting one in the line-up.
In isolation, Friary Gold’s effort in second at Kilbeggan last time should be enough to see him go very close here. He does seem to be going the right way now, but it remains to be seen if he has the speed to make an impact now he’s back to an extended two miles and the shorter trip might just catch him out.
Sweet Cassie and Trenchtown Rock are another pair of contenders reasonably well poised for this 2m1f handicap, but I’m going to take a chance on BLACKYELLOWRED, with Luke Dempsey set to ride the 87-rated seven-year-old.
His last two runs aren’t inspiring. But he wasn’t completely disgraced on season return, can improve and his form at Gowran and Roscommon in September and October of last year entitles him to a fair crack here from a workable mark.
A decent Grade B handicap chase here over the 2m1f distance and I like the chances of Gavin Cromwell’s CALLTHEBARMAN. This son of Lord Shanakill is ground dependent and looks set to have his favoured good ground here for the first time since he dotted up in a Navan handicap hurdle last September.
The selection is rated a stone higher over fences, and fell last time he ran in a chase when well in contention. He has produced some fine speed figures within his race record, remains unexposed over larger obstacles, he’s still only six and races for a top notch trainer in Cromwell. Callthebarman should go very well here provided the wet stuff stays away.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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