Sunday 4 December 2016

Sors can score for versatile Slattery

Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30

Seamie Heffernan, left, might deliver for trainer Aidan O’Brien aboard Sir Isaac Newton in a poorly-contested seven-furlong race. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Seamie Heffernan, left, might deliver for trainer Aidan O’Brien aboard Sir Isaac Newton in a poorly-contested seven-furlong race. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Andy Slattery does really well with a select string of Flat horses and his Thurles stable has three live contenders at Dundalk this evening.

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He also produces National Hunt horses via the point-to-point route, with the brilliant Faugheen, which he bought in 2011 for €12,000, the pick of a number of shrewd acquisitions.

The regularity of Dundalk cards through the winter and the greater number of Flat meetings during the summer give versatile handlers like Slattery the possibility of a more stable business model on an ongoing basis. From just a dozen or so horses, he does especially well with sprinters. Sors is one of those that consistently earns its corn, accumulating prize money of €46,000 since finishing second on its 2014 Cork debut, despite only winning twice.

Those wins came at the Co Louth facility in 2014 and 2015, the latter when he possessed a rating of 76 in August. Placed in its last four starts since the autumn, including when just denied off 79 by In Salutem at Navan in October, Sors has now fallen back to 71. He made his comeback on bottomless ground at Cork three weeks ago, and rallied really well after cutting out the early running, eventually beaten a few lengths in third by Bluesbreaker.

Given Sors' aggressive racing style, the chances are that he will come on plenty for what was an encouraging performance. With that in mind, then, he appeals as nap material here off bottom weight of 8st 4lb under Chris Hayes. Slattery's Eacharn will be a leading player in the juveniles' maiden, although the Ballydoyle newcomer Caravaggio might be a difficult rival in that. He also has Planchart in the fillies' maiden, and she is fancied to collect for Declan McDonogh.

This is a pretty open contest, with eight of the 11 runners having shown various degrees of form. Of the octet, Planchart arguably boasts the best track record. Second in fair races at Cork and Leopardstown last term, she also ran respectably in two Group races. They were her only four outings, so she should still have plenty of scope to improve as a three-year-old now. Indeed, if she even runs to her 2015 level, then she would still be expected to be good enough for this.

Seamie Heffernan will do the steering on Caravaggio and he might also deliver for Aidan O'Brien aboard the returning Sir Isaac Newton in a poorly-contested, seven-furlong race.

The trainer's son Donnacha could get among the winners for the team when he partners Bravery in the mile maiden. His Galileo mount made a promising return at the Curragh last time and can build on that now.

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