Sunday selections 

2.15 Limerick – Fabulous Saga 5/4

2.40 Kelso – Beyond the Clouds 11/8

2.55 Uttoxeter – Palmers Hill 7/4

3.20 Limerick – Irish Bulletin 12/1ew

3.55 Limerick – Some Plan 9/4

4.20 Kelso – Forest Bihan 5/2 (NAP)

4.25 Limerick – Alpha Des Obeaux 9/1ew

5.15 Navan – Neverushacon 28/1ew

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Prospectus price must be taken 

Two selections from Tuesday’s card at Listowel and the NAP is Prospectus, who has been priced up at a very tasty 11/1 by Bet365. This is a horse who won twice last winter for Gavin Cromwell and who’s most impressive display was on soft/heavy, like he will encounter here. He was good enough to contest the big four-year-old Grade 2 at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival and wasn’t unfancied in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, before being pulled up by Ruby Walsh. You can draw a line through that run though as his general form is very good and getting a stone, plus seven pounds more from the jockey’s claim, from Ex Patriot could well be enough to stop Elle Marie Holden’s classy Triumph fourth from scoring. Either way, I can’t see him out of the frame.

And at 4.10 I really like chances of Capital Force on chasing debut. We all know that Henry De Bromhead is a master at improving horses for an introduction to fences and this six-year-old wouldn’t have even needed much improvement to be a serious contender here, having been eighth in the Supreme at the Festival in March. He’s got winning form on soft and I strongly advise taking the 11/4 on offer.

Listowel selections:

4.10 – Capital Force 11/4

4.40 – Prospectus 11/1ew (NAP)

Stars can shine on Sunday

After 7/1 and 6/1 winners on Friday nothing really appealed yesterday, but today I’m really keen on the chances of Henry De Bromhead’s Three Stars on day one of the Listowel Harvest festival. A winner this time last year on the same kind of surface he’ll face today, the seven-year-old is a Grade 3 winner and the class act in this field – at 8/1 he’s a tremendous each way punt as I can’t see him out of the frame.

Selections –

2.25 Listowel – Ballycasey 11/8

2.35 Curragh – Seventh Heaven 5/1ew

3.40 Curragh – Alpha Centauri 7/2ew

5.00 Listowel – Three Stars 8/1ew (NAP)

Julio can make most of generous Flat mark

I hope everyone took advantage of yesterday’s selection – Our Kylie in the end drifting to 11/2 before scoring for us at Sedgefield. The focus of today’s action is a mix of jumps and flat over the Irish Sea at Kilbeggan and Down Royal.

The NAP is Presenting Julio, who has had a great summer so far, winning five times over hurdles and fences since April. Today Gordon Elliott’s nine-year-old reverts to the Flat in the last at Down Royal, where he runs off a very appealing mark of 62. Having won over three miles already this summer, the 2m 2f test on the level should hold no fears and offers of 12/1 simply must be taken.

Thirty minutes earlier I also like the claims of Konig Hall, another horse who has enjoyed a fruitful time of late, finishing in the frame on four of his last five starts over hurdles and on the Flat. Indeed the only time he didn’t in that sequence was an outing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in July. He was last seen on turf winning at Limerick in June and is still rated only 58 – fully 51 pounds below his hurdles rating. He’s won on soft in the past so the ground shouldn’t inconvenience him too much and the 10/1 available is great each-way value.

Over at Kilbeggan there’s a full jumps card and we can get off to a flyer in the opener at 4.20 with Chateauneuf Du Pap. Tony Mullins’ runner has been running consistently well in bumpers all summer without winning and went closest yet to getting his head in front last time out, on only his second race over hurdles, where he finished less than a length behind Gordon Elliott’s Canny Tom at Tramore three weeks back. That was on ground similar to what he will face today and he’s taken to get the better of favourite The Brassmoulder, making his second start for Henry De Bromhead.

At 5.25, smart flat convert Felix Mendelssohn looks a good thing for Joseph O’Brien, while at 5.55 I’m really keen on the chances of Jaime Sommers, who has been knocking on the door, finishing second the last three times, including over course and distance two starts back when only beaten by Willie Mullins’ Whiteout. The mare out of Milan can get her deserved day in the sun today.

A bumper concludes precedings at Kilbeggan and I’m taking a chance on Peacocks Secret showing his true form after a very poor last effort at Galway. As I commented yesterday, Galway form doesn’t count for much outside Ballybrit and before that run Emmet Mullins’ charge had run some of the smartest bumper runners of the summer close without getting his head in front. Of course it could turn out that Willie Mullins’ debutant, Jonnigraig, is well above average but I’m willing to take a chance that he’s not. 

Selections:

Kilbeggan 4.20 – Chateauneuf Du Pap 9/4

Kilbeggan 5.25 – Felix Mendelssohn 4/5

Kilbeggan 5.55 – Jaime Sommers 6/1ew (NB)

Down Royal 6.45 – Konig Hall 10/1ew

Down Royal 7.15 – Presenting Julio 12/1ew (NAP)

Kilbeggan 7.25 – Peacocks Secret 7/2

We can be so lucky with Kylie at Sedgefield

Today’s blog comes poolside in Bali. Now, I was hoping my summer retreat would offer plenty of blogging opportunities, yet there really hasn’t been much catching my eye at all. What it has done, however, is give me plenty of time to add some new entries to the tracker, with Paul Ferguson’s excellent Jumpers To Follow providing a treasure trove of gems for the jumps season ahead. 

Today’s jumping action in England takes place at Sedgefield and one I am keen on is Our Kylie in the 4.10. Brian Ellison’s mare was last seen at Galway, finishing a disappointing 12th, but I often think Galway form can be taken with a pinch of salt, given it is such a unique track and therefore I’m prepared to forgive a bad run there and look at the bigger picture. It may also have been the case that the ground was a touch on the soft side for the five-year-old, who before that run had racked up back to back wins on the Flat and won each of her three previous races over timber, all last summer. Rated 108 for the last of those successes, she’s now on a mark of 115, but this is wiped out thanks to jockey Kaine Wood’s seven-pound claim. With predicted good ground to suit, she gets over a stone from favourite Gibson Park, who has been raised nine pounds for success over course and distance last week. This is a tougher test for the Skelton runner and at 4/1 I think Our Kylie is a great each way punt.

A game I enjoyed playing in the run up to Cheltenham earlier this year was predicting what Tom Segal (aka Pricewise) would go for in his series of antepost pieces for the big races. I was surprised how many times I was spot on (apart from some horrendous picks from Britain’s so called best tipster… Outlander for the Gold Cup anyone?), so I thought I’d try to preempt him for the Cesarewitch, which he offers up tomorrow. And my punt is on London Prize, who has been aimed for the staying handicap by Ian Williams and is currently available at a very tasty 25/1 with Betfair. If I’m right that Segal likes him too then he won’t be that price this time tomorrow, so take it while it’s there.

Today’s selection:

4.10 Sedgefield – Our Kylie 4/1ew 

Antepost: 

Cesarewitch – London Prize 25/1ew