Ray Flanagan with Saturday selections
thoughts for the day: “It is nice to be meeting Laura the Hungarian on a Saturday although the downside is she takes my mind away from the form study”
“It was sad to learn of the death of John McCririck yesterday. I grew up watching him on Channel 4 racing and the Morning Line. In my humble opinion there is not one current racing presenter who would hold a candle to McCririck in his prime.”
The horses ran well for the placings last Saturday without managing to get their snouts in front. Not hopeful at all this particular Saturday but three selections for the craic all the same.
Sandown 2.25-Lush Life
Lightly raced four year old filly who may be still improving. Some nice form last season behind Rawdaa at Sandown along with Ascot success. Not the strongest stayer as a three-year old but appeared to have strengthened over the winter when seeing out the mile well over course and distance in May. Poor next time at Newcastle but could get run of race again today dropped out the back from wide stall and might swoop with late rattle.
The Old Newton Cup.
Bombyx drops in class slightly today from listed/Group 3 company into a top handicap. Not disgraced in decent heat at Sandown on reappearance and fair effort last time conceding a stone to a pair of three-year olds who contested the Hampton Stakes at Royal Ascot. Strong travelling type who lacks a gear when the pace quickens in a race.
With that in mind switch to handicap company and bigger field may benefit. Cheek-pieces are also applied and while a horse running too freely can be a concern, hopefully we will see a career best today and in fairness he is going to need it.
Naas 5.05- Military Star
Couple of mildly eye-catching runs at Dundalk last Winter and showed bit of sparkle on first outing of the year at Cork in May. Needs to step up and no guarantee on pedigree about suitability of ten furlongs; that being said a mark of 57 may underestimate his ability and could be the type to make a step forward today.
0.75 pts ew-Bombyx-3.15 Haydock-12-1 bet 365
0.75 pts win- Lush Life-2.25 Sandown-8-1 General
0.75 pts win-Military Star-5.05 Naas-15-2 bet 365