Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 17 March 2018

Backers of O'Callaghan's 'Night' can grab glory

Michael O'Callaghan, winning trainer of Blue De Vega, Leopardstown.Photo: Patrick McCann
Michael O'Callaghan, winning trainer of Blue De Vega, Leopardstown.Photo: Patrick McCann

Johnny Ward

Paddy Power has gone the way of Ladbrokes in that the prices it offers online on Irish racing overnight are not available to shop customers.

With retail struggling against a tide driven by technology, it seems a curious move, only months after the firm started to price up all the following day's races before its rivals at 4pm.

Now, the Dublin-based giant will only allow bets on a restricted number of races - as few as one per meeting - but will allow online wagering. Spokesman Paddy Power said: "The reason is pretty straightforward: some races have more obvious form lines than others so odds are more accurate and reliable; ultimately we have more confidence in our prices to take bigger bets.

"But if, for example, all the runners in a maiden are having their first run, we're guessing at their chance so our odds could be wildly inaccurate.

"Obviously we prefer to take smaller bets on those races where we don't have as much confidence in our prices and it makes sense for us to manage that online."

Last night, the 7/1 available about Night Of Glory in Leopardstown's Listed King George V Cup looked wrong and trainer Michael O'Callaghan also sounds bullish that his charge can build on a gutsy Curragh maiden win over 10 furlongs this evening.

"He won his maiden very well and the form has worked out well since," said O'Callaghan(right) . "It was a good maiden he won at the Curragh and (runner-up) Wisconsin has won since.

"He's crying out for the step up in trip to a mile-and-a-half. It should suit him, Shane Foley rides him and he'll run a big race, fingers crossed."

The son of Sea The Stars may have classy filly Eziyra - which has stamina to prove - to beat. She makes her first start since winning last September.

On riding arrangements, it seems that Brendan Bracken is the Ger Lyons second-string in the Glencairn Stakes, but he is shorter in the wagering than Elusive Heights.

Elusive Heights has an each-way chance if he can translate the best of his all-weather form to this surface, which got some rain last evening.

Lyons is fancied to take the opener with the promising Shapes, though her draw is troubling - as would support for some very well-bred rivals, chiefly September, which is by Deep Impact out of Peeping Fawn.

Ballydoyle also runs Broadway, a half-sister to 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream.

The rain is no concern for John Feane's Groundfrost, which was touched off at a big price on her Irish debut at the Curragh. She may be able to go one better, though hers is a rated race laden with lively each-way players.

Creative Talent seems to barely get two miles over hurdles but he gets at least a mile-and-a-half on the Flat and could show his pace to snare the Grant Thornton Handicap.

While plans for her chief victim Rhododendron remain unclear, Epsom Oaks heroine Enable will attempt to become a dual Classic winner in the Darley Irish Oaks on July 15.

The John Gosden-trained daughter of Nathaniel is being readied to follow up at the Curragh.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "She has come out of the race really well, John Gosden is very pleased. We will look towards the Irish Oaks now. The King George is a long way away. We will look at the various options."

Irish Independent

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