Saturday 25 November 2017

Lazy Leg can spring into action in final

John McGee’s Lazy Leg has been showing the superior early pace and can sneak around the bend in front (Stock picture)
John McGee’s Lazy Leg has been showing the superior early pace and can sneak around the bend in front (Stock picture)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Newbridge features the top race in Ireland this weekend with the final of the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks bringing together a classy field of female trackers and all the indications are that it will be a very open betting affair.

Pre-event thinking had it that Holycross Leah would be the market leader but she lost her chance in the early stages last week and made her exit. Now we have a number of runners vying for favouritism. The two semi-final winners were Lazy Leg and Witches Spirit and, being wide seeds, they occupy the outside traps which means the run to the bend will be vital and could influence the result.

John McGee's Lazy Leg has been showing the superior early pace and can sneak around the bend in front. With the likelihood of trouble in behind that could be sufficient to win the prize. There are some very strong stayers in the line-up with the likes of Borna Heidi, Jaytee Charlie and Ballymac Sarahjo flying home.

Another very interesting race tonight which could have a bearing on the future is the Rising Unraced decider at Youghal and here Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly have three bites of the cherry with their Burgess runners Lord, Sugarray and Papa.

The May puppy Lord left a lasting impression on his debut last week when he got lost early but made up massive ground to win in 29.28, just a spot slower than kennel companion Papa. If Burgess Lord can get away a bit quicker he could do a massive run and he is nominated to take the prize.

The other final of note tonight is the KGSSC Members Stake at Tralee where the likely favourite is Peter Regan's Oak Spice. The daughter of Durability has won her two outings in the stake comfortably and a trap one draw should be perfect for the slick starter. The early-paced Steeple Rd Raffa and big-finishing Send It Puffin read the main dangers to the selection.

News from Robert Gleeson is that Toolmaker Scot picked up a hairline fracture in a wrist last weekend and will be out of action for three months.

Irish Independent

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