Sunday 20 August 2017

Gray allowance gives Good Shot Noreen solid claims in sprint

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Able young claimer Shane Gray's 10lb allowance is expected to help Good Shot Noreen justify the nap selection at Navan this afternoon.

The Tommy Stack-trained filly contests the six-furlong handicap sprint, having twice been placed in decent maidens this term.

At Tipperary most recently, Good Shot Noreen kept on to be third behind the smart Rose Bonheur. That one subsequently sluiced up in a handicap off a mark of 85, so Good Shot Noreen's rating of 70 looks fair now, given that she was beaten just five lengths.

When you factor in Gray's claim, an effective rating of 60 makes her increasingly difficult to oppose, despite the open nature of three-year-old handicaps.

Good Shot Noreen's biggest threat may come from Crowned Supreme at the foot of the weights. That one kept on to be second at Cork a fortnight ago, but may need more cut in the ground than he will get at the Co Meath venue today.

In the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies' Maiden, Ger Lyons can continue his excellent form with Break Bread.

Ballroom and Gonebeyond-themoon are two others that have suggested they ought to be capable of winning a race of this standard. However, Break Bread kept on gamely to be a head second to Lady Fashion -- which has since won again -- over seven furlongs at Dundalk at the end of April.

The daughter of Big Bad Bob had Ballroom just behind in fourth that time and the way she finished would indicate that she will benefit from the step up to a mile now.

encouraging

Earlier, Geraldines Lass can also build on an encouraging placed effort at Dundalk when she tackles the Derrinstown Stud Apprentices' Handicap. Willie McCreery's lightly raced charge reverts to the extended five furlongs from seven, but she has previous form over the distance and this isn't a great race.

In the last, Creekside should confirm the promise of its successful racecourse debut at Naas in April. John Oxx's Sheikh Mohammed-owned gelding made all over a mile on that occasion, so 10 furlongs will hold no fears for him now.

Irish Independent

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