Ray Flanagan with Sunday selections
Thought for the day: A question punters sometimes need to ask themselves is whether a horse they fancy is primed for the race on the day in question, or might connections really be targeting a future race.(Buywise last month at Chepstow compared to yesterday at Sandown is a prime example)
Buywise (14-1) was my first and hopefully not last winner of 2018 yesterday, while Alfie Spinner (33-1 2nd) was not far off pulling off a stunning success in the Welsh National.
A few for a quiet interest today.
Naas 12.40-Border Control
Grotesque has his second outing quite quickly after a long lay off while second favourite Another Barney has not raced for a while. Accordingly, it might be worth chancing the Joseph O Brien trained Border Control who ran ok in two summer bumpers prior to running a fair race when eight at Leopardstown on hurdles debut over Christmas.
Looking at that race it would appear the horse will not mind dropping back half a mile in distance and he could easily be in the shake up granted normal improvement.
Naas 3.12-Brosna George
Brosna George has a few nice placed efforts to his name on three of his last four starts and looks the type to win one of these moderate handicaps at some stage. A hold up performer the concern is that they will go too slow early on in this heavy ground and the race will not be run to suit, but he is knocking on the door and appears the value at the prices.
Plumpton 2.35- Clondaw Cian
Henri Parry Morgan could easily win but I will take a chance on Clondaw Cian who promises to be suited by a searching test of stamina. A useful hurdler a couple of seasons ago, he popped up at a big price at the Cheltenham November meeting in that sphere.
Since switching to fences he has produced a mixed bag so far but encouragingly from today’s viewpoint he has shaped as the type of horse who will improve granted a stamina test. A repeat of his Ascot second to Toviere at the end of November puts him bang in the mix and his price looks too big.
0.5 pts win-Border Control -12.40 Naas-4-1 General
0.5 pts win-Brosna George-3.25 Naas-6-1 General
0.5 pts ew- Clondaw Cian-2.35 Plumpton-14-1 General