Saturday 17 March 2018

Go with the 'Human' touch in Cambridgeshire

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Take Wayne Lordan to make it three Tote Irish Cambridgeshire victories this decade tomorrow at the Curragh.

The Co Cork native took the race in recent years with Sretaw and Castle Bar Sling. In the Edward Lynam-trained Onlyhuman, he has live prospects of another winner of this €100,000 contest.

This Invincible Spirit-bred was a tad disappointing at Roscommon on his handicap debut when seemingly well-fancied and it may be that he needs more experience. He travels like a nice horse in his races, especially so at Tipperary on his third start when an eye-catching second.

Aidan O'Brien has only one runner, Auckland, with Michael Hussey in the plate. Notably Ryan Moore has no ride, but this horse is available at around 20/1 and should certainly not be ruled out in what is his first shot at a big-field mile handicap.

With three Group Threes also on the ticket, this is a fine race card, starting with a mile maiden. Camelot has made a sluggish enough start to his stallion career but he had a nice winner on Friday and Christopher Robin can add to the sire's tally. This one ran a pleasing race recently on debut behind Nelson, which seems a pretty useful colt.

Both are trained by O'Brien. He and Moore can double up in the Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes with Ballet Shoes, which belied a slight market unease in winning easily at Tipperary. However, keep an eye on stable ally Bye Bye Baby in the betting.

Jessica Harrington extolled the aesthetic beauty of Landshark after the Bated Breath colt - which sold for buttons as a yearling - landed his maiden at Leopardstown. He can take the Plusvital Round Tower Stakes under Colm O'Donoghue, though it is a deep contest.

Rain Goddess does not have Enable, her Irish Oaks conqueror, to fret about in the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes. This is pretty open but this Galileo-bred is as reliable as they come and probably has the strongest credentials for Moore.

Fuwairt flopped at Galway when it all seemed too much for him on his first start for Gavin Cromwell but the Dublin Coach Handicap is a much more realistic target, the drop back to six furlongs also making sense. This Arcano-bred has a lot of natural pace.

The Tipperary Crystal 'Rose' Ladies Invitational Handicap is open to amateur riders from around the globe and many punters will ask one another at Flat headquarters tomorrow: "Do you know is (s)he any good?" Edward O'Grady has sought Thea Hofossaeter to ride Time For Mabel, which has sound each-way credentials.

They conclude with a trappy nursery in which Medal Of Honour is no more than a hopeful pick for Joseph O'Brien.

Irish Independent

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