Friday 28 April 2017

Prince Erik to turn tables on uncle Tom

Dermot Weld has a strike-rate of nearly 30pc with his runners over jumps at Leopardstown in recent years, and tomorrow the globetrotting Curragh handler can add to his impressive haul of 11 winners at the Foxrock venue in four seasons.

Weld's returns also show a profit of over €30 to a one-unit level stake, so it's not always the obvious ones that oblige.

Despite the presence of Jenari, Jessica Harrington's half-brother to Jered, Waaheb, so stylish on his debut at the Dublin track for Weld last month, is impossible to oppose in the bumper.

However, of Weld's three runners on the day, it is Prince Erik that may represent the best value in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase. Osirixamix is the potential favourite here for Tony Martin, but the form of that one's easy Limerick success hasn't worked out particularly well.

What's more, Prince Erik was rated 10lbs superior to Osirixamix over timber, and there was enough in his most recent outing to suggest that he is ready to win a race of this nature. On that occasion, Prince Erik found only Uncle Tom Cobley, which reopposes tomorrow, too good.

He meets that one on nine pounds better terms now for just a three-and-a-half length beating, so average improvement could see him turn the tables.

Indeed, having not run for over three months prior to that defeat at Naas in January, it's reasonable to assume that Davy Condon's mount will strip much fitter now.

Condon could get his day off to a perfect start on Dantes King in the maiden hurdle.

Weld's Endless Intrigue is among a number of other potentially smart types in this two-and-a-half-mile contest, while Dantes King wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea after flattering to deceive at Navan a fortnight ago.

Nonetheless, the King's Theatre gelding clearly has ability, and a mistake at the last flight didn't help his cause that day. It would be a surprise if he doesn't lay down a more robust challenge now.

Irish Independent

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