Ray Flanagan with Saturday selections
thought for the day: I fear I am not the picker I once was but I hope to keep enjoying it.
Newcastle 1.30- Dannyday and Sam Missile
Dannyday won this race two years ago in convincing fashion. Encouraging Goodwood return after a break and excused poor Ascot Stakes effort. Should win this if finding the magic of 2016.
Sam Missile ran a solid race in the Northumberland Plate last season and caught the eye out the back in the Ascot Stakes recently. Likely type at a big price.
Newcastle 2.05- Natural Scenery
Ran very well when runner-up last year and fine effort in the Ebor subsequently. Mixed bag over at Meydan this spring but staying on fourth to Rare Rhythm was better effort than pundits have given him credit for. Suspicion tapeta his best surface though and possible he can find a little bit more improvement this afternoon which can propel him to victory.
Curragh 5.55- Western Boy and Top O The Ra
Western Boy has been a consistent sort over the years and deserves one of these pots. Well backed over course and distance last month he shaped as if needing the run after travelling well and could be the one today.
Top O the Ra won a conditions event reasonably well at Leopardstown. A formline through the third Great Trango suggests he should be right in the thick of things.
1 pt win-Dannyday-1.30 Newcastle-6-1 General
1 pt ew- Sam Missile-1.30 Newcastle-20-1 bet 365
3 pts ew-Natural Scenery-2.05 Newcastle-9-1 Corals-5 places
1 pt win-Western Boy-5.55 Curragh-7-1 General
0.75 pts ew- Top O The Ra-5.55 Curragh-12-1 General