Wednesday 18 September 2019

Promising 'Dervish' can give strong favourite a run for his money

Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Wayne Bailey

Wayne Bailey

While all the top weekend racing takes place across the water, there are decent betting opportunities at home, most notably Jessica Harrington's WHIRLING DERVISH, which is forecast to go off at 11/8 in the Cork Racecourse Rated Race (4.15).

In a four-runner field, that's not bad considering he's got a couple of Group One entries for later this season, and the decent odds are largely down to the fact that likely favourite Bandua is expected to go off at evens.

Dermot Weld's charge caught the eye in his debut win at Cork recently, but it was also a four-runner race and I'm not quite convinced he beat anything special.

Whirling Dervish won a reasonably good maiden when last seen in October, and the word on the street is that he's improved at home over the winter.

At Wexford today, JAMIE SOMERS gets a tentative each-way vote around 20/1 in the nine-runner Coast Hotels & Resorts Rated Hurdle (3.0), with jockey Cathal Landers claiming 7lbs.


Michael Bowe's mare seems to have gone off the boil, and was last in all three races this term, but she has talent, and landed a big handicap in September. She's useful on a good day, and her inconsistency is built into her price.

We've action from Sligo tomorrow where LAST MAN STANDING looks overpriced around 7/1 in the Kennedy's Bar Sligo Rated Novice Hurdle (3.20).

Owned by John Magnier and trained by Mouse Morris, he opened his account in a maiden at Thurles back in February, but subsequently found the step up to Grade Three company too tricky at Clonmel.

He was pulled up last time in a novice handicap at Fairyhouse and Morris has said he's probably a horse for next year. But he looks the sort that could bounce back, and this race is quite open.

Later on at Dundalk, consider backing the Tracy Collins-trained NIVVO, which was quoted at 10/1 yesterday evening for the Meridian Security Irish EBF Fillies Handicap (5.25).

A trip away for the All-Weather Fillies' and Mares' Championships at Lingfield was a little optimistic last time, and her price of 33/1 proved accurate when she finished 10th, but her latest five races at Dundalk read 32211, making 8/1 look generous.

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