Friday 19 January 2018

Time to accept a piece of Silver

Johnny Ward

T HE British Queen might have an extra jive in her movements on her visit here this week. Carlton House's ultra-classy Dante success in her colours finally established some clarity in the Epsom Derby conundrum.

When the Queen had a runner in Killarney two summers back, it was her first in Ireland in 37 years. She is not represented at Ireland's most scenic racecourse today, but she could do worse than throw a few quid on Silver Friend in the feature event.

Of the 18 declared, Pozyc will attract most interest. The Willie Mullins-trained runner was backed from 4/1 into 13/8 on his handicap debut at Naas last time, a gamble of rare breadth that floundered due to various reasons. The five-year-old finished a close fifth and looked unfortunate, but he has given that impression more than once and this race is tougher.

Ruby Walsh does ten stone -- or at least will endeavour to -- and the bookmakers will be reluctant to take Pozyc on. Hopefully they offer better odds about Silver Friend, which makes more appeal.

The grey is inexperienced, a negative in the context of today's hurly-burly demands but an obvious plus in that improvement remains probable. A debut bumper winner and again on his hurdling bow three months later, he showed immense class next time at Naas to finish third to Whodoyouthink and Stonemaster (now rated 148).

On his handicap debut in February, he beat all bar two well-handicapped rivals and should benefit from that. He gets the ease in the ground that he relishes this afternoon and, at around 10/1, merits support.

It is noteworthy that Cork trainer John Walsh has secured the allegiance of Paul Carberry, whose mesmerising style will imbue confidence in the horse. The son of Silver Patriarch looks one of only a handful in the race capable of progressing appreciably past their current rating.


Silver Friend to win at Killarney, 1pt win at best morning odds

THERE was a time when Novak Djokovic was famed almost as much for his imitations of his peers (see YouTube) as he was for his achievements on the court.

This year, the Serb has embarked on an incredible winning run of 35 matches and he is tantalisingly close to the world No 1 spot. That belongs to Rafa Nadal, but the Spaniard could struggle if he faces Djokovic in the French Open. Djokovic inflicted a first red-dirt defeat on Nadal in nearly two years at the Madrid Open earlier this month. He has been supported to win at Roland Garros with some bookmakers quoting just 7/4 so Stan James' offer of 3/1 looks enticing. It is a special price which does not incorporate each-way wagering, a drawback, but one negated by the price. Betfair punters have backed Djokovic into around 13/5.


Novak Djokovic to win French Open, 1pt at 3/1 (Stan James)

IT is that time of the year when the draw is matched at ludicrous but explicable prices in Serie A matches. Today, Napoli host Juventus, with the draw odds-on.

This looks worth laying on Betfair. Napoli can ensure a Champions League spot with a point, but their recent form has been dire and Inter have little incentive to corroborate with such an outcome. And they are on a good run.

Napoli have struggled against the bigger clubs and if they approach this clash with the object of getting a draw, they will likely increase Inter's prospects of victory.


Lay the draw in Napoli-Inter, 2pts at 1.95 (1.9pt liability, Betfair)


Profit/loss to €10 stake: -€130.59

Still running: €140

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