Hi folks, hope I find you all in good spirits and ready for some decent racing action this weekend, as the flat seasons nearing its end and the jumps begin to get going. This weekend gives us a quality mix of both disciplines of racing.
Ireland is where the main jumps action takes place with the Munster National handicap happening at Limerick on Sunday. It’s always great to see the Irish jumps starting in earnest, as regular followers know I’m a big fan. Newmarket is the other place to be with exciting racing on the flat taking centre stage.
Newmarket Tip – Too Darn Hot – 1/1
Our first port of call this weekend is The Dewhurst, which is a 3pm start at Newmarket and is run over 7 furlongs. It’s a race open to two-yer-old colts and fillies and is an exciting prospect with the unbeaten Too Darn Hot and Sangarius going head to head. The Irish contingent seem to be led by Anthony Van Dyck who is the most highly rated runner in the field, with Advertise, Mohawk, Christmas and Kuwait Currency making up the rest of the field.
Sir Michael Stoute will be hoping his unbeaten colt, Sangarius, keeps that record in tact on Saturday having been very impressive so far in his short career. His form might not be anything to shout about but the manner in which he has gone about his victories is extremely exciting. This long striding youngster will probably be seen to better effect over a longer trip but it would be a shock to no one if he landed the spoils here.
Anthony Van Dyck will most likely lead the Irish charge and is a big big contender here. He ticks a lot of boxes when searching for a winner and throw his trainer’s record in this race into the mix and you’re left with an even more tempting each way bet. At the time of writing, you’ll get it at around 5/1.
Advertise is no forlorn hope in this race and has some quality performances under his belt. He’s shown plenty of ability and tactical speed already so a big run will be expected from those closely connected with the horse.
However, as tempting as these contenders are, I just can’t get away from the favourite, Too Darn Hot (TDH). Unbeaten so far and ultra impressive in all his outings, John Gosden’s star colt will be very hard to not back. As a sibling of Si Me Dar and La Ti Dar, it’s a bit surprising to see him run so much this season as Gosden is usually more patient with his younger horses but the brilliant trainer has stated the TDH is a very together horse and is ready to go. A truly run race will help his chances and I hope and think that will be the case so unless we find ourselves with a slow race, which no one likes, we might just see something special in the final furlong.
Limerick Tip – Blast of Koeman – 12/1
On Sunday we fly over to Ireland for some jumps action and our second tip.
Limerick is the venue and it looks like it should be a decent day of racing, with the Munster National being the feature on the day. It’s a big handicap, which is always very difficult to figure out, and with plenty entering here, the winner could come from anywhere.
Gordon Elliott is as mob handed as he always is in big Irish handicaps and will take some stopping. Alpha Des Obeaux is the highest rated in the field but will need a big performance to carry top weight. It would normally be easy to dismiss its chances but Elliott is a genius at landing these pots so he could run a big one.
I could make a case for 7 or 8 more but I’ll cut to the chase here and go straight in with Blast Of Koeman. We remember him from the Punchestown festival where he was agonisingly beaten after jinking at the last and the rider losing his irons. We tipped him that day knowing there was a big handicap in him and with only a four pound rise this represents another opportunity for a big pot. The extra distance is an unknown quantity but the ground is in his favour and hopefully his jumping holds up to finish in front.
*Note odds may change before the race begins