The Price Is Right: Siberian ready to shine at Roscommon on Monday

Sun 12 Jul 2020

The Tote's Kevin O'Malley is back with another three dark horses, this time for the racing action at Roscommon on Monday.

By Kevin O'Malley,

I head across the Irish Sea on Monday for a trio of dark horses and this time we have some jumping action to look forward to at Roscommon.

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2.00 Roscommon: SIBERIAN STAR

An interesting maiden hurdle over the two-mile trip here, with several plausible contenders lining up in a bid to win their first race over hurdles.

The Wonky Tonk probably has the best form on his recent Bellewstown effort, while Eversosaucy comes out best on speed figures.

Second in on the latter ratings is SIBERIAN STAR for me, and Philip Rothwell’s inmate might just be overlooked a bit in the market. This five-year-old was running to a promising enough level in three outings toward the back end of 2019 and returned with a similar effort on the numbers at Kilbeggan last month when trying 2m4f for the first time.

He stuck to the task despite making errors and all told, you’d expect the five-year-old can only improve for the outing. One paced at the finish, this drop-in trip will either be a help or a hindrance. Perhaps connections will see fit to race him a little more prominently, in which case I’d give the horse a good chance if he jumps a little cleaner.

3.00 Roscommon: NOBEL JOSHUA

Tiger Twenty Two comfortably beat a 25-1 shot last time out, but So Enjoy is a consistent little filly who will have been trying her absolute best there and the likely market leader here did it well on the day.

Gordon Elliott’s nine-year-old is the horse to beat, but I’ll take a chance on his stablemate NOBEL JOSHUA, racing under 7lb-claimer Jack Wildman. I don’t know anything about the jockey, but it’s more likely than not that he is one to look out for.

As for the horse, Nobel Joshua’s form figures show he is clearly a little awkward. The four-year-old ran at Naas and Punchestown in January and February though, and on those runs in particular, the selection posted a couple of notable times in defeat. He ran poorly when last seen in March, but he’s still a baby and will surely pick up a handicap or two from a lowly mark before summer is out.

4.30 Roscommon: REACH UP

We’ll finish with yet another horse needing to turn a corner after a below-par run last time out, this time in the form of John Ryan’s seven-year-old REACH UP. This lad has some very useful form going back a season or so ago, though he is tough to catch right.

He’s been badly-handicapped for a while now, but his mark has dipped to a low of 113 now and the trainer has seen fit to book Danny Mullins for the ride here.

Reach Up was about a stone below his mark when running at Kilbeggan a fortnight ago, but it was a reasonable return effort and, given he is a more potent animal over two miles, this drop to the minimum distance is another positive tick.

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