Ray Flanagan with Sunday selections
thoughts for the day: I like my Horse Racing.
The next big long term sports investment looks to be Rickie Fowler in the 2019 US Masters.
Willie Mullins won the Cesarewitch as expected yesterday and while Uradel gave it everything he had, in hindsight Low Sun was the stronger stayer and should have been selected. Today is Irish Cesarewitch Day at Navan and the question is will the great man make it a Cesarewitch double.
Navan 4.25- Exchange Rate and Newcross.
An extremely tough and competitive renewal, however the market may have got it right this time I feel.
One thing you want to win an Irish Cesarewitch at Navan is a horse who will handle a solid end to end gallop with the ability to keep galloping to the line at the end of a long straight with an uphill finish. Although he has not yet raced at the distance and indeed his pedigree raises doubts , Exchange Rate strikes me as an out and out galloper who ought to relish every yard of the distance. Lightly raced, he appears also to be on a more favourable mark than most and may prove the strongest of the Mullins runners and indeed the strongest in the overall line-up.
Newcross is definitely interesting towards the foot of the weights. He has been plying his trade at a lower level but was very unlucky not to win at Galway last time where he endured a nightmare passage. Not guaranteed to stay but is a half brother to Quick Jack and has that touch of a turn of foot which could prove decisive.
Navan 5.00- Agent Zigzag
Could provide a double for the Newtown Farms. Emphatic winner of a maiden back in early summer and not disgraced in two hot handicaps subsequently at Curragh and Leopardstown. This looks much easier company and might surprise.
Limerick 4.45- Our Father
It may go against the grain to go for a horse returning from a four year absence at the age of 12. Nonetheless, Elliot’s comments in the Racing Post about recent homework are encouraging and otherwise everything is in place for a big showing. An easy three miles on not too testing of ground from the foot of the weights and indeed in his prime this fella would win this in a hack canter.
He has always proved best too off an absence so in the hope that much of his ability remains he looks worth chancing.
Goodwood 4.20- Eddystone Rock
No magic yet this year but ran ok back at Newmarket in May. Six pounds lower than when scoring at York last year and some genuine excuses in defeat this term. Could bounce back.
1.5 pts ew- Exchange Rate-4.25 Navan-7-1 General
2 pts win-Newcross-4.25 Navan-8-1 General
2.5 pts win-Our Father-4.45 Limerick-6-1 General
1 pt ew-Agent Zigzag-5.00 Navan-10-1 P Power
1 pt win-Eddystone Rock-4.20 Goodwood-9-1 General