Ray Flanagan with Sunday Racing selections at The Curragh and DownPatrick
Cheltenham may be over for another year but the show must go on and we welcome the start of the flat (surprisingly early) and the Irish Lincolnshire at The Curragh this afternoon.
A few selections from there along with a selection in the featured Ulster National at DownPatrick.
The Curragh 4.10- The Irish Lincoln- Lafayette and Lobo Rojo
Lafayette was a decent handicapper last season over a variety of distances with the high point of his season being a ten furlong handicap win at Naas. He still remains feasibly handicapped and although there have been concerns expressed about the suitability of one mile, his ability to stay a bit further may be no harm in deep conditions this afternoon. The application of cheek-pieces is another positive in terms of sharpening the horse and the Meade stable looks in good form following their strike in the Boodles last week.
Lobo Rojo- The Red Wolf in Spanish (I am trying to learn Spanish not too successfully) is an interesting candidate for Jessica Harrington. A big long striding horse he will relish the testing conditions and there was plenty to like about his ten-furlong maiden success at Leopardstown last backend. Likely also to appreciate a bit further, he might get away with the 1 mile trip on deep ground early season.
Curragh 4.40- Fugacious
Fugacious was more consistent than most of the runners in this contest throughout last season and remains on a feasible mark to go close this afternoon. Finished a good fourth behind The Faithfulindian last November over the course and distance and a repeat of that running will give him every chance with claimer Sean Bird taking off ten pounds.
DownPatrick 3.47- Nick Lost
Represents the Cheltenham Heroine’s combination of Rachel Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead
Nick Lost was a useful novice a few seasons ago when third in the Florida Pearl Chase at Punchestown. Nice comeback effort after a long lay-off at Limerick on penultimate start before poor effort a couple of weeks later in race won by The Big Dog at Punchestown. Fair chance that he may have “bounced” on that occasion and could easily post a much better effort -in keeping with his Limerick reappearance, this afternoon.
1 pt ew-Nick Lost-3.47 Down Patrick- 11-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Lafayette-4.10 Curragh-12-1 -General
1 pt ew-Lobo Rojo-4.10 Curragh-14-1 SkyBet- 7 places
1.5 pts ew-Fugacious-4.40 Curragh-10-1 SkyBet- 6 places.