Extraordinary scenes at Punchestown yesterday reminding us of the random element in racing. Here’s hoping that random lands in our direction today…
The Daily Yankee:
Shamshon, (1410 Epsom), 15/2: as a hold up sprinter this fastest 5f in the world would hardly seem ideal. But he is fit, in form and drawn well. And the tons of pace on here could set this up for a closer.
Man Of Plenty, (1540 Punchestown), 22/1: we know this horse well – travels nicely but finds little. He has been in a string of top handicaps in the UK often finishing in the minor placings. He gets to try Ireland today off a fairly low mark of 120. Will probably sit out the back, and with a strong pace he could sweep through late on and deliver the surprise.
Ajman King, (1555 Epsom), 7/2: won his maiden on this idiosyncratic course and then followed up in style at Doncaster. Should improve as a 4yo and stable has started the season well. A tough race but it helps hold up a good price for a horse who will likely be in Group class later this year.
Shanahan’s Turn, (1840 Punchestown), 13/2: Former Galway Plate winner had been off over a year before debut for new trainer Tizzard. Ran a lot better in 9th at Cheltenham before a cracking second at Aintree. Won first two chases here so should enjoy course and provide connections with compensation for yesterday’s fiasco.
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