Experience can help Wachman to success
Published 09/07/2011 | 05:00
David Wachman could hold the key to this afternoon's valuable two-year-old race at Tipperary, with the local handler doubly represented in the five-runner Listed event.
While one of Wachman's representatives, Experience, has so far fulfilled all of her promise, the other, Requinto, flopped when sent off a short-priced favourite for a similar contest at Naas in June.
In an effort to maximise that one's chances of getting back on track, Wachman's stable jockey Wayne Lordan has forfeited the ride on Experience, an exciting filly that landed a Group Three at The Curragh a fortnight ago.
Better judged on his smooth success at Cork previously, Requinto is clearly a smart animal, so he cannot be written off now that he receives weight from his stablemate.
Naseem Sea and the British raider Dam Beautiful, third and fifth respectively behind Experience last time, are also five pounds better off with that one now.
Nonetheless, Experience is fancied to prove up to what is undoubtedly a stiff task. The mount of Billy Lee, she demonstrated a touch of real class to put the race to bed at The Curragh and today's going, officially yielding, should negate any concern about her dropping back in trip to five furlongs.
Lordan may be on the right one in the preceding seven-furlong handicap. David Marnane's course and distance winner Alnashmy could be hard to beat in this, but Lordan's partner Great Huzzar is fancied to be more at ease on the ground.
At Roscommon last month, the three-year-old landed a fair maiden impressively in similar conditions. On just his fourth ever outing, he has scope to keep progressing.
The day's nap selection is Queen Grace in the five-furlong handicap. While this is a typically open sprint, Michael Browne's mare has been in excellent heart, narrowly beaten into fourth behind Mt Weather at Bellewstown last Friday.
When you take Shane Gray's claim into account today, Queen Grace is nine pounds better off with that one, and she is due a bit of luck. In a poor-standard maiden over the same trip, Brazilian Breeze is another that should gain an overdue success.