Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 8 December 2016

Black Belt has all the moves

Published 22/07/2011 | 05:00

Black Belt is strongly fancied to land the nap selection under Seamie Heffernan in a lowly claimer at Wexford this evening.

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A consistent filly that won its maiden for Tracey Collins at Ballinrobe on Tuesday, on official ratings Black Belt is well treated here off 8st 9lb.

Despite being in possession of the highest mark in the nine-runner field, Collins' decision to put the three-year-old in for a claiming price of just €6,000 tonight means that she meets each of her opponents on between six and 29lb more favourable terms.

Those are significant concessions, so the in-form stable should pick up another first now.

Ken Condon, who is also enjoying a purple patch, may have the biggest threat to the selection in Footcycle.

Another that doesn't come out badly at the weights, courtesy of a €5,000 asking price, this Navan handicap winner is likewise dropping in grade.

Nonetheless, if the ratings are accurate, then Footcycle is still eight pounds wrong with Black Belt.

Condon might take the concluding maiden with Mojita, which was second to John Oxx's Dimona over 12 furlongs at Tramore last time out.

Placed on each of her four career outings, Niall McCullagh's mount may have just enough class to overcome a poor draw in stall 10.

In the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden, Mick Halford could collect with Katherine Lee.

The David Wachman-trained Hadrian's Waltz is one that has looked equally capable of winning a race of this nature, but Katherine Lee will have that one's measure based on their clash at Naas in June.

On that occasion, Halford's three-year-old was an encouraging third to Brown Butterfly, with Hadrian's Waltz back in fifth.

Having previously shown up well behind Laughing at Navan, Katherine Lee's overall profile is appealing.

They also race this evening at Down Royal, where Fountain Of Honour might take plenty of beating in the Guinness EBF Maiden.

A 10-furlong heat for fillies only, this will be no stroll in the park for Tommy Stack's charge.

Haleniya, Jazz Girl and Comedic Art just a few others that come here with respectable placed form.

Still, Fountain Of Honour ran a fair second to Terminal Velocity at the Curragh in June.

On just her second start, she had some able sorts such as Kastania, Sonapour and El Gran Torino behind her, so a reproduction of that sort of form could be enough to see her pass the post in first now.

Earlier on the seven-race card, Queen Grace can gain an overdue success in the Smirnoff Handicap.

Placed for a fifth time in a row when second at Bellewstown two weeks ago, Pat Smullen's partner is a model of consistency and deserves to get her head in front.

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