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.
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