Our man reviews Leopardstown’s Irish Weekend Opening Day with a host of picks, including a fresh start for Joseph O’Brien.
Valuable Betting Tips: Saturday 10th September
1 Final Voyage win point at 2.05 Leopardstown at 20/1 (Coral, bet365)
Winning statement 0.5 point at 4.20 Leopardstown at 1/18 (general)
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A real hero in the making?
The Irish Champion Stakes He holds pole position in Leopardstown on Saturday and all eyes are on Coral-Eclipse winner Vadeni who can lure connections into a shot at next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A potential move up to 12 furlongs at Longchamp would bring stamina concerns, but regardless of future moves, the mile and quarter this weekend really fits Jean-Claude Roget’s colt where the sharp turn of the foot is clearly his most dangerous weapon.
He’s competing in a few places at the time of writing and looking short enough despite his obvious allure.
Mishriff, generally 4/1, is not the type of horse to be written off quickly and would have likely been back to something like his best when he stalked the Baaeed home in York. It’s hard to say he was unlucky in the Eclipse before disappointing King George and locking up Colin Kane is a suitably poignant move from John and Teddy Gosden ahead of this particular mission.
On pure value grounds, the Onesto that Fabrice Chappie trained on appears to be flying under the radar, thanks in large part to his high-profile compatriot. The pair appeared in the same Group C competition at Longchamp again in April, with Fadini finishing fifth and Onesto eighth after both fell behind on the lead.
Vadeni again had Onesto well delayed (fifth, beat nearly seven lengths) on the run with the Prix du Jockey Club, but the second stall was an important advantage for the winner, as Onesto was doing well in these conditions after being posted on 14 And never able to get into a difficult situation.
He’s since won the Grand Prix de Paris by over a mile and a half in the fashion world, coming out of the back of the small field of boots Simca Mille (who runs the Prix Niel on Sunday), who had an easy lead.
The bare level doesn’t match Vadeni or Mishriff’s form, but Simca Mille has won his previous three starts, including in the third set level, and has since finished third home El Bodegon, who has followed Fadini at the Jockey Club. It’s third after the Deauville Legend in the Great Voltigeur, so it’s far from worthless.
A true hero, fathered by Frankl of the Sea of Stars, Onesto might get away with the trip back to Leopardstown, but the combination of his often exaggerated tactics, along with an overall lack of pace in the race, is enough to put me out of my money on the occasion. He’s probably someone who should stay positive with Sagittarius in mind.
Sail with a willing recruit
There is so much to go for in Leopardstown thank God Final flight Not to be missed in Irish Horse Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’.
Jonny Murtag is an expert in preparing horses for these major disabilities, and while the British recruit Final Voyage has clearly not been the easiest to deal with, having only made two starts for his new yard since moving from James Tate in the spring, he was eye-catching at Dundalk last month.
It followed a 121-day break as the horse made an encouraging start in Ireland when he finished fifth after Punk Poet in Cork in April.
Having fallen to six furlongs for the first time since his 2020 debut the other week in Dundalk, the four-year-old found himself very far in the early stages and could only run for fifth after his tired rival without giving him much. Hard Time by Shane Kelly in the saddle.
Given his impressive all-weather record (5-12) in the UK, it would be reasonable to assume he will be back to ply his trade in Dundalk for most of the winter, but it is significant that Murtagh chose to target that bet first, taking 3lbs less than the mark (89) On the grass which can only help.
Murtagh ground runner-up Lord Rapscallion in this two years ago as well as the fifth, Riot, after a very similar all-weather setup 12 months ago, so it seems like a well-thought-out plan and this horse should have taken its last ride well.
Make a statement in Boomerang
“Justification” The Coolmore America Matron Stakes is a race to taste with the confirmed first four-year-old group giving 5 pounds to star Dermot Weld Homeless Songs, who produced one of the The Incredible performance of the season so far as he blasted away on Tuesday to win Irish Guinnesses in a surefire way.
She’s spent a lot of time on vacation since then, but that’s not a big concern because Weld usually waits for his thread to start shooting all the cylinders back before putting them back in the fold, and we could see something special if she gets better again since spring.
After initially thinking that last year’s second Pearls Galore might be pricey, I’m happy to leave the race alone, but new stablemate Just Beautiful seems like an interesting filly starting for Paddy Twomey against very favorite Jadoomi in Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile.
Just Beautiful has never been seen this season but ended last year with a defeat of Double Or Bubble (Highfield Princess is back in fourth) at Doncaster and will likely be set in the minute for this late comeback.
It wasn’t missed in the market around 9/2, however, and at a great price I’m drawn to it statementwho debuted in a new arena after moving to Joseph O’Brien from Kevin Ryan in the summer.
Initially sponsored by Martyn Meade, for whom she won first prize and took a second by a short header over Alcohol Free in 2021 Fred Darling, the manifesto seemed to have lost its way by the end of last year but it was a lot more like him when he finished fourth on her comeback Seasonal to Epsom in June.
Despite not loving the track, Lawman’s daughter was beaten by four lengths in fourth in the third set Princess Elizabeth Stakes, and it would be great to see if O’Brien can really reignite those fires from her youth.
The rain all week will definitely play to its strengths and can get a solid pace to attempt a hunt here with Just Beautiful, Boundless Ocean and market leader, Jadoomi.
It deserves a little attention on 1/18.
Posted at 1500 GMT on 09/22/09
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