Here’s hoping and praying this Coronavirus clears of ASAP.
It’s good that we have some racing to look forward to on the TV this weekend, the ITV4 cameras covering Thurles in Ireland.
I just have three bets there on Saturday, the first one runs in the 1-40.
I like the looks of ARTHURIAN FAME here at around 4-1.
His run at Leopardstown in December behind Cedarwood Road and Jungle Junction is excellent, they both were subsequent winners, and finished first and fourth in a useful Listed Novice Hurdle at Naas. Whatsnottoknow was well behind that day too and has gone on to win and finish a respectable eight in the Supreme at Cheltenham.
I’m going to forgive him his poor run last time as his debut run at Cork behind Tiger Voice reads well too, he also has excellent flat form to his name, winning a valuable handicap at Leopardstown in May.
He is a value alternative to the front two here, Fakiera being the main danger.
The other race I’m betting in is the 3-10, where I firstly like CUT THE MUSTARD at a general 8-1 mark.
She has some useful form to her name, last time out was travelling like the winner most of the way behind likely favourite here Sizing Pottsie. The winning distance that day was not a true reflection in how close the two horses should have been, as she jumped slowly at the last and was eased off afterwards, a seven pound weight pull is very helpful too.
Her previous easy victory over Tintangle looks good too in the light of the way that horse was running last week at Limerick, beating the useful Salsaretta before departing two out.
I suggest a saver on CAPUCCIMIX at around 7-1, he seems a pretty consistent sort who has chased home two useful sorts in Cash Back and Chosen Mate.
Using Cash Back as a yardstick he has at least as good a chance as Zero Ten who is more than half his price. He’s on the back of a nice easy confidence-building win at Naas, trainer Henry De Bromhead has an excellent record with his chasers, he looks a solid saver in this Grade three event.
Be lucky, stay safe and please gamble responsibly!
1 POINT E/W ARTHURIAN FAME (1-40 THURLES)
1 POINT E/W CUT THE MUSTARD (3-10 THURLES)
½ POINT E/W CAPUCCIMIX (3-10 THURLES)