Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 18 February 2018

Caesar's song can hit all the right notes


In the concluding amateur riders' race at Listowel tomorrow, Caesar's Song is fancied to land a debut success on the Flat.

The Charlie Swan-trained pair Zaralabad and Clone Rocket will be partnered by Nina Carberry and Patrick Mullins respectively.

Swan's multiple winners undoubtedly have their chance under the two high-profile bookings, but Caesar's Song's rider Ross O'Sullivan is another talented member of the unpaid fraternity. In this type of race, jockeyship counts for plenty.

On official ratings, The Bull Hayes looks the pick at the weights in the 14-furlong contest.

An impressive winner under Fran Berry at Tipperary in May, Jessica Harrington's runner may well prove to be the biggest threat to Caesar's Song. However, on a line through Profound Beauty, Oliver Brady's representative has plenty of appeal.

In the Ballyroan Stakes last August, Dermot Weld's star filly had The Bull Hayes seven lengths in arrears, when the latter was in receipt of 11lbs.

At Leopardstown last week, Caesar's Song was 13 lengths behind Profound Beauty, but was much worse off at the weights, carrying just two pounds less than the impressive winner.

On that piece of form alone, Caesar's Song should just about have the edge tomorrow, but his overall profile is equally encouraging.

That effort at Leopardstown was just the third start of the five-year-old's career, and his first in a proper Flat race.

Previously, he had run out a marginal winner of a bumper at Limerick, having finished third on his racecourse debut at Punchestown in April. If he can make similar progress again now, he ought to be hard to beat.

In the Coola Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan, Tetouan can build on his promising reappearance at Perth. A winner of a maiden in 2008, the six-year-old was returning from 18 months off when he showed up well at the Scottish track last month.

That in itself would be enough to put Tetouan forward as a likely winner, but the discrepancy in his British and Irish handicap ratings reaffirms his appeal.

Tomorrow, with the benefit of a run, Davy Russell's mount is a full 12lbs better off.

Irish Independent

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