Monday 23 April 2018

Side with Swerve to carry day for Smullen

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On a low-key spread at Gowran Park this evening, Swerve is napped to continue Dermot Weld's fine run of recent form.

The older pair Ondeafears and Cnocan Diva have won four of their last five races coming into the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Handicap, but Weld's Oasis Dream three-year-old has the potential to improve past them to land the €19,500 prize.

A runaway winner at Listowel in the autumn, Swerve was subsequently well-held behind Homecoming Queen in Listed company at The Curragh.

However, she posted a fine effort to be third behind Coolnagree and Ishvana on her handicap debut back at headquarters when she reappeared in March.

If she can improve on that now, Pat Smullen's mount has a serious chance over the same seven-furlong trip.

Another strongly fancied on the back of an encouraging comeback outing is Moscow Treat for Tipperary-based handler Seamus O'Donnell.

When you factor in the 7lb claim of Marc Monaghan, O'Donnell's four-year-old gets into in the seven-furlong 'Golf Club' handicap off just 8st, and she turned in a fine display to be second to Landsdowne at Cork on Friday.

That was a career-best effort so, off the same mark now but with the addition of Monaghan's allowance, Moscow Treat has loads of appeal.

Of her 14 rivals, Diamond Daze, Eddie Lynam's consistent maiden, may represent the most potent threat.

In the preceding three-year-old equivalent, John Murphy's booking of Joseph O'Brien for the first-time blinkered Chevanah is worth noting, while Caonach gets the nod to break its duck at the fourth attempt in the maiden for the same age-group.

Ger Lyons' That Boy David, placed at Dundalk on his two previous starts, is respected in this, but Caonach, second over course and distance on soft ground last month, may cope better with the slow conditions.

Irish Independent

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