16:45 Stratford - KARAMOKO
It’s perhaps a little easy to forget that as the National Hunt season was cut short Brian Hughes is the reigning champion jumps jockey. He’s the cream of the crop and it’s worth noting he travels to Stratford just for the one ride! Without question he could easily pick up plenty of rides but he opts for just the one. Karamoko might be an eight race maiden and returns after a 589 day layoff but the Nicky Richards yard are in great form of late and the strength in depth in this race isn’t exactly there. If they’re fit and ready then Karomoko should go well.
16:05 Killarney - KEATS
Perhaps a tad unfair on the rest of the field here but to me this looks like a two horse race between the current favourite Barbados who finished in a Group race last time and Ballydoyle’s Keats and of the two it’s got to be Keats. I understand Barbados did well in a better race than Keats last time but prior to that the horse had shown very little. Not the nicest term to use maybe but potentially a flash in the pan. Keats on the other hand has been super consistent and has also won here at Killarney prior. I’m shocked that Keats isn’t the favourite and think the odds are perhaps a tad generous so it’s Keats for me in the 16:05.
16:40 Killarney - DAY DREAMIN'
In this one I feel there’s two that deserve honourable mentions who have both faced each other this term. Day Dreamin' and Drummer met over course and distance last month and Drummer claimed second spot with Day Dreamin' less than a length back in fourth. I must admit I expect them both to go close yet again but I’m siding with the idea that there’s going to be a reverse in form. Drummer has put in some decent efforts but is still a maiden after fifteen career starts and although Day Dreamin' is also a maiden she’s only had the six runs and seems to have improved with each outing. I wouldn’t want the ground to get much softer for her but she’s got Colin Keane in the saddle and trainer Tony Martin has seen his horses in the winners enclosure lately. At around 5/1 they look likely to finish in the placings.
15:50 Sligo - BAILEY THUNDER
Bailey Thunder put in a mediocre performance when last seen at Galway on reappearance but should come on leaps and bounds for that run. The trainer Mouse Morris has his horses operating at a 25% strike rate and its very interesting to see the horse dropped in trip after some less impressive efforts over three miles. Despite still yet to shake his maiden tag he’s shown his best form over this trip having finished second of 20 when last tackling this distance at Gowran and off the same mark. This looks much less competitive and shouldn’t be far away.
15:55 Bath - CITY WALK
A course winner on just his fourth career start when winning for the first time City Walk looked very comfortable in doing so. Winning by just shy of 5 lengths. This obviously looks more competitive and with a 10lb increase to his burden a definite disadvantage I still don’t feel his rivals here have shown anything in their previous form to suggest it should trouble him. Has bags of potential and could improve to be capable at a higher level one day. Hard to ignore and as such has to get the nod.
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