Sunday 25 March 2018

Love is just the Potion at Mallow

Another recruit from the Wachman stable, she appeals as fine prospect for Ballydoyle

Sovereign Debt, running in the Lady O’Reilly silks and ridden by James Sullivan, on the way to winning at Lingfield. Photo: PA
Sovereign Debt, running in the Lady O’Reilly silks and ridden by James Sullivan, on the way to winning at Lingfield. Photo: PA

Johnny Ward

The horses dispersed after David Wachman retired have generally been running with credit and Love Potion, which has joined Aidan O'Brien, is taken to show her class in Cork's feature Noblesse Stakes today.

The Galileo filly is out of Potion, a ten-furlong winner, and was backed as if defeat were not countenanced on her only start. That was in a late-year maiden at Dundalk in 2015 and she has questions to answer but she appeals as a smart prospect now. She looked green then. Zhukova will take all the beating at her best, yet may be worth opposing at the prices.

The nap vote goes to Born To Play in the opener. The Born To Sea colt is a stakes prospect on the basis of his eye-taking debut effort. The ten-furlong maiden could go to Inca Gold, for all that he underwhelmed at Naas, with headgear attached today. He may have stablemate Pocketfullofdreams to worry about.

Ask Katie is noted for Birr trainer George Webb in the handicap at that trip. She can be sluggish out of the gates but likes Mallow and ran a lovely race at Leopardstown.

The second handicap over that distance looks really tricky but can go to the Dermot Weld-trained Sikandarabad, which is surely better than he showed at Cork, while John Murphy's Ti Amo is a really interesting sort in the final heat. Boom Or Bush is a token choice in the second event, attempting to get Harry Rogers off the mark for the term.

The subject of prize-money in Britain was a talking point this week. The Richard Hannon barn has long been associated with the Windsor track but Richard Junior tweeted: "Nice to be back racing at Windsor although clearly runners are unappreciated as seen by the £2,215 average winning prize money," which he added was "shameful".

When the cost of travel, jockey, trainer and entry is factored in, there is not much left - and that is talking about the owners who've a winner. The Queen's Cup Handicap at Musselburgh has a winner's purse of £64,690 and has attracted two runners from Pat Shanahan's yard. The choice is Angel Gabrial, which is able to run his race fresh.

He is hard to win with, yet a mark of 96 is there to be exploited, and this looks a nice starting point for the campaign. Two seasons ago, on his seasonal debut, he finished second at Ripon off 106, yet is down to 96 now, and we can rely on Richard Fahey to have him primed.

It is a happy time for Scottish racing after the National win of One For Arthur. Today's ITV4 footage begins with the 1.50 by the coast of the Firth of Forth. This could go the way of God Willing, the Declan Carroll-trained Arch-bred which is in calmer territory after running in the Spring Mile at Doncaster. The nice ground should suit the six-year-old, a tentative ally in an open race.

The Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes honours a popular retired sprinter. Paul Midgley, triple-handed, appears to have the key to this race, and Monsieur Joe is a worthy favourite. Bred to be fast, by Choisir, he has raced 80 times and put together a string of nice runs last season.

Richard Fahey runs four in the Royal Mile Handicap but preference here is for Willie Haggas' Novoman. Especially reliable at two, he is one of the best sons of Sir Prancealot to race so far, and after a keen-going effort when winning his maiden, he progressed nicely in nurseries.

Two jumps races at Haydock are also televised, commencing with the Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Final Handicap Chase. Barry Geraghty steers Cernunnos, with Aidan Coleman aboard Easy Street in the other McManus silks.

Cernunnos has a tongue tie and hood on here and, freshened up since a tame run over the Christmas, he may be up to the task. Jonjo O'Neill can take the staying handicap with Fort Worth under Killian Moore, with the ground and bigger field to suit his strengths.

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