Ray Flanagan has selections from Sligo and Newmarket this Sunday afternoon.
I was feeling somewhat down in the dumps after a poor week’s betting at Punchestown but wins for Gallant Oscar and Sort It Out lifted the spirits again yesterday. A cracking card at Newmarket is the highlight today along with one selection from what is my local track at Sligo.
Sligo 4.40- Cailini Alainn- 11-4 General
John Oxx’s daughter of Danehill Dancer finished off the 2014 season quite well running placed in two competitive handicaps and she should be able to make her presence felt in most of the premier 12 furlong handicaps this season. Her close second to the talented Katie T on the October Bank Holiday weekend was a particularly good effort and a similar effort should see her hard to beat.
Newmarket 1.50- Quest For More and Arab Dawn
A tricky opening middle distance handicap. This race is often won by a horse at a double figure prices, a contender with useful form but who has got overlooked somewhat by the punters. Possibly, Quest For More might be the one this year. Still relatively lightly raced at the age of five, there was plenty to like about his effort at York last season where he finished second over 14 furlongs splitting two fair yardsticks Edge of Sanity and Spacious Sky. It is often no harm to have a 14 furlong horse on your side especially if they go a ferocious clip on fast ground similar to the year No Heretic won. He might run well.
Arab Dawn is in my opinion a doubtful stayer but against that he is probably the best horse in the race. He often travelled nicely through his races last season before faltering for stamina particularly at Royal Ascot behind Elite Army. Hughie Morrison expects a better horse though this year and if has strengthened up enough over the winter he could be hard to beat.
Newmarket 3.40 Malabar,
An intriguing if slightly below standard renewal of the fillies Classic. Malabar appears the pick of the prices and it would be nice to see the affable Mick Channon gain a first British Classic. It is no harm to have a bit of experience on your side in this contest and the daughter of Raven’s Pass should be battle hardened enough following six starts as a juvenile. Although defeated four times in those six races, she was arguably unlucky on occasion and would have finished a clear second in the Marcel Boussac granted a smoother passage in running. She possesses a useful turn of foot and promises to be suited by the stiff mile today. Her trainer is confident and she has a good each way chance.
0.75 pts ew- Quest For More- 1.50 Newmarket- 14-1- General
0.5 pts win – Arab Dawn- 1.50 Newmarket- 7-1- General
1 pt ew – Malabar- 3.40 Newmarket- 10-1 General
1 pt win- Cailini Alainn -4.40 Sligo- 11-4 General