Friday 15 November 2019

'Lady' to take advantage of 'Remarkable' opportunity

Pat Smullen will be hoping to get among the winners at Ballinrobe Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Pat Smullen will be hoping to get among the winners at Ballinrobe Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

It is a curious thing that a €30,000 feature of Ballinrobe's Tote-sponsored card this evening - a race that is most certainly there for the taking - has attracted just six runners.

Flat trainers were awarded an audience lately when many of the top names were moaning about the ratio of jumps to Flat meets over the latter's summer heartland. However, you then see opportunities like tonight's seemingly spurned by so many.

Neither trainer Harry Rogers nor the owner of Remarkable Lady will complain and the filly may prove the answer here. She ought to have won more races, yet this looks a rare opportunity, as connections wisely booked Pat Smullen into the bargain.

The champion rider tends to steer the Aga Khan's runners for the Michael Halford stable, so perhaps not too much ought to be read into his alliance with Zinat. She was a flop at Leopardstown, but a suspicion lingers that she will prove a good deal better than her rating.

Smullen has some nice mounts in the maidens too, but Alahida - representing his boss Dermot Weld - may be vulnerable in the first of them. Preference here is for Winston Wolfe and Leigh Roche for the Darren Bunyan barn.

Punters will like the Smullen-ridden High Haven in the nightcap, but Joseph O'Brien, who is in top form, could have the winner in useful bumper scorer High Tide, the mount of brother Donnacha.

John Feane is also in fine form and, despite having a hopeless task in theory at the weights, Six Silver Lane is probably still the most likely winner of the opening claimer.

Course regular Usa is noted in the apprentices' handicap, but Dara Tango really ought to win under Oisin Orr for Tony Martin. Colin Keane, rider of Six Silver Lane, can guide Black Label home in the staying handicap for Ado McGuinness.

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