Ray Flanagan with Thursday selections
thought for the day: Today could be the day
Three decent priced selections who I quite fancy to be honest.
Leopardstown 2.25-Law Girl
Decent ground holds the key to the chances of the unexposed (over hurdles anyway) Law Girl on her second start for Jessica Harrington. Formerly with Willie Mullins she posted some decent efforts on the flat over the summer the best of which was undoubtedly her narrow second to Limini in Leopardstown’s Petingo Handicap.
She ran better than her finishing place suggested on debut for Harrington at Navan and the drop back to the minimum distance combined with the slightly quicker ground and easier track are all in her favour here. I think she can surprise them.
Leopardstown 3.00- Solomn Grundy
Useful handicap hurdler for Neil Mulholland in the UK particularly two seasons ago where he was second at the November Cheltenham meeting prior to winning a competitive 3 mile handicap at Newbury. Struggled somewhat last season but improved again following a wind operation last spring. Very good run on debut for Henry De Bromhead (pictured) recently and enjoys a significant swing at the weights with his conquerer that day De Name Escapes Me. Looks primed for a big showing from the foot of the weights.
Chepstow 2.50- Final Nudge and Ron’s Dream- W/o Elegant Escape
The favourite just might be too classy, however I like the chances of both of these contenders. Final Nudge has dropped in the weights since his respectable third in the race last season when conditions were too testing for him. He has a major chance I feel on less testing conditions this year off a much lower racing weight.
Ron’s Dream also has a nice profile and got the job done nicely at Market Rasen overhauling the speedier Casablanca Mix. Could be further improvement for this test and is likely to run well.
2.5 pts ew-Law Girl-2.25 Leopardstown-25-1 P Power
3 pts ew- Solomn Grundy-3.00 Leopardstown-10-1 Bet Victor-5 places
2 pts ew- Final Nudge-2.50 Chepstow- W/O Elegant Escape-17-2 bet 365
1 pt ew- Rons Dream-2.50 Chepstow-W/O Elegant Escape-10-1 bet 365