Sunday 17 December 2017

Along Came Casey set to confirm flying form for Weld

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

If form counts for anything, Along Came Casey should take a bit of stopping in the featured Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

Dermot Weld's five-year-old mare was last seen running Declaration Of War to half a length when conceding two pounds at Dundalk in October, a game performance that reads flatteringly following the Ballydoyle colt's decisive Group One triumph at Ascot on Tuesday.

Having previously scooted up in handicap off a mark of 82, Along Came Casey had shown herself to be progressing slightly belatedly.

She reappears now under Leigh Roche in tonight's €40,000 Listed contest over a mile. With the trip a fraction on the short side for her first start of the season, she might not be quite banker material, but her improvement in the autumn was such that it is worth taking a chance on her being just sharp enough to defy her eight rivals.

Mick Halford's Banna Boirche, a good winner at Fairyhouse last week, might be the pick of those opponents, though he is a far more exposed sort than the selection.

The day's nap is David Wachman's Sudirman in the juvenile maiden. Bismark, Home School and Shining Emerald are three others that have already shown ability, while Ballydoyle newcomer Oklahoma City is one to monitor in the market.

But the Wayne Lordan-ridden selection made much of the running before being denied by Sir John Hawkins and Intensified at the Curragh in May. The winner was then third to superb stable-mate War Command at Ascot.

Johnny Murtagh and Fergal Lynch might take the three-year-old mile equivalent with Belle De Crecy, while Truly Genius appeals under the in-form apprentice Sam James in the 10-furlong handicap. Trained in Monasterevin by Christy Donoghue, Truly Genius hasn't won in 23 starts since obliging on its Dundalk bow three years ago.

But having had the subsequent smart course winner Edith Cowan – on duty in the preceding mile handicap – behind when runner-up to Knights Templar for a second time in a row two weeks ago, he might be finally due another turn.

Irish Independent

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