Kevin O'Malley returns on a fun-packed Saturday of Flat racing at both sides of the Irish Sea, with eight selections across five meetings...
Strong travelling and somewhat classy mare, Di Fede signed off the 2018 season with a commanding success over the straight 7f at Ascot in the Listed October Stakes. Returning to handicap company on a mark of 104 won’t be easy, but she is a good filly and may just be better than this lot. She was only beaten a neck first time out last year having pulled like a train early on, I think Chester should suit her and she should go very well out of stall 4 under Josephine Gordon.
Mearing is an admirably versatile sort who has come up to the boil nicely in three starts so far in 2019. Iain Jardine’s 4yo was able to utilise his stamina over 8f at Hamilton last time out, but he sees out 10f just fine, indeed he is a course winner here at Chester over the trip. 3lb higher here but he remains well handicapped and has the plumb draw in stall one. I’d imagine Jamie Gormley will track the pace from that inside berth and attempt to steal a march come the cut-away coming off the final run for home.
Cheaply bought filly and as such, she gets the full 10lb allowance at these weights. Ran to an RPR of 66 and Topspeed 53 on her second outing at Naas last time out, a fair improvement on her debut run. Johnny Murtagh’s daughter of Hot Streak has a bit to find on bare form, but she is right in the mix on speed figures, she’s improving, well-in at the weights and she’s 14/1 generally, so is worth a nibble.
With Forest Ranger winning the Huxley Stakes at Chester and Mustashry landing the Lockinge, the form of Elarqam’s 4th at Newmarket couldn’t really have worked out any better. Mark Johnston’s often frustrating but obviously talented and good looking son of Frankel cut out a moderate early gallop, was outpaced by the front three and one or two others, before staying on again close home to take 4th. It was a promising effort on his first start after a wind op, the step up to 10f will surely be a help and in an ordinary enough Listed race, this 4yo looks poised to get back into the winners enclosure.
John Gosden’s Enbihaar strode out in the style of a classy filly at Goodwood last time out, but she did rather get the run of things and is short enough now at around 7/4. I often find that when I wade in with a progressive, in-form Johnston trained runner, they run a stinker, but I am hoping that is not the case with his Bayshore Freeway, who has done nothing but improve with every run since finishing 4th at Windsor last July. She displayed a willing attitude to readily outgun subsequent winner Theglasgowwarrior at Musselburgh the last day and despite the hefty rise in grade, I reckon she can go very well if in the same vein of form.
Finished 3rd in this last year off 1lb higher and arrives in much better form today. Sir Roderic recorded an RPR of 78 and a Topspeed figure of 72 when scoring decisively at Chepstow last time and a repeat of that effort will see him go very close here back in trip. There should be plenty of pace on, so hopefully Pat Millman can take a lead and use the horse’s stamina to good effect in the last furlong or so.
This Mick Appleby trained 3yo is versatile, consistent on the clock and firmly knocking at the door of a win. Loch Ness Monster has a nice racing weight of 8st 5lb, with top conditional Sean Davis taking off a further 5lb, so there’s every chance he can be competitive despite the rise in grade. Awe was a major eye-catcher at Ascot on soft ground last time out, but it is hard to know how he will cope with conditions riding much faster today. Oasis Prince only beat the selection by a head last time out and is half the price.
This seriously quick animal is much better associated with skipping around tight, left-handed tracks, but he does have stacks of good form on straight tracks too and indeed, wasn’t beaten far in this last year. He looks like he could be improving and his form/speed figures would back up that train of thought. At 4/1, I can’t let him go unbacked. He’ll make them go a bit.
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