It might be my first selection of the day but it’s the last race on the card over at The Curragh.
Ballydoyle’s three year old filly Emerald Green showed vast improvement to finish second at Firehouse recently. She seems to have turned a corner but considering she’s flopped over 1m3f previously I’m not overly convinced she wants to step up to today’s trip and I’m happy to take her on.
The horse I’m going to side with is a fellow three year old who represents big owners and a top trainer. AWAASEF showed improvement to claim fourth at Cork last time out and I feel she’ll relish this longer distance. With the yard winning 25% of their last twelve starts they can add to their tally here.
I feel that course form here on the all-weather at Southwell is heavily weighted and finding a runner who goes well at this venue is a massive plus. That being said there’s five course and distance winners in the lineup so it doesn’t narrow it down too much but I am siding with one of this quintet.
Five year old GORGEOUS GENERAL is set to be saddled by Ben Curtis who’s having a solid season in the saddle. With two wins and two places over today’s course and distance he’s set to do well especially now he returns here below his last winning handicap mark.
A tough race to decipher with a mix of more experienced handicappers and younger three year olds.
Veleta aims to make it three wins in a row after her success at Bath and Sandown. Undoubtedly she has a clear chance but the yard of Clive Cox aren’t doing as well with no winner from their last 29 runners. With that in mind I look towards a horse at a bigger price who holds a great chance.
Former course victor DAZZLING DES won and placed here at Lingfield off a handicap mark of 81. He returns to this course off a mark of 74 and is to go close this time around.
Top weight SUBLIMINAL has been poor in his last two starts following up an eighth placed finish with a ninth placed effort at Chelmsford most recently. That being said however he produced a very encouraging performance to finish second over course and distance three starts back. A repeat of that effort would see him finish in the frame, especially now he’s carrying less weight this time around. Now racing off his last winning mark I’m happy to side with him especially as he returns to Class 6 company.
SUBLIMINAL written by Rory Paddock