Saturday 20 January 2018

Weld introduces Frankel filly as part of strong raid on Gowran prizes

Weld is the third Irish trainer to unveil a Frankel-bred entry tomorrow. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Weld is the third Irish trainer to unveil a Frankel-bred entry tomorrow. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

The British media's hyping of everything by Frankel which greets the track can be a little tiresome but, even so, it is understandable.

Not many of them have graced Irish soil. Aidan O'Brien and Ger Lyons have won with Frankel-breds recently and Weld is the third Irish trainer to unveil one tomorrow. He runs Frima in Gowran's opener (2.05) and she is put forward to score. Note she has a Pretty Polly entry.

Somehow can likely take the beating in the feature Victor McCalmont Memorial (3.35) for Ballydoyle, given her seven-length rout over a similar trip in a Curragh Group Three last year. She is race-fit after her pleasing Naas reappearance, unlike Laganore, which nevertheless is feared. Both are by the Aussie runner, Fastnet Rock.

Weld has a potentially smart filly in Sharliyna in the fillies' handicap (2.35), even if she has to prove she has trained on; her Naas reappearance was hardly conclusive. Likely she is well-treated.

Another Weld runner is tipped in the fillies' maiden (3.05), Sansibar Jewel a tentative pick. Bean Feasa is probably not worth her new mark of 99; if she is, however, she is nearly certain to win this.

Intriguing The rated race (4.05) is quite intriguing, with Taj Mahal hardly the strong fancy he may look on ratings. That said, Gleneagles' brother made a really bright start to the term at Leopardstown, and his attitude is good.

Shawami is well-housed in one in the mile handicap (4.35). Having her first start for the red-hot Jessica Harrington, she may be well-treated and worth chancing, the draw so crucial around Gowran. Chance Dark Amber (5.05) in the finale for the excellent Damien English.

Limerick's Flat card is a replacement for Sligo, which reportedly has serious issues with its ground. The nap vote goes in the opening seven-furlong maiden, the 'Fozzy' Stack-trained Lady Tipperary being a confident pick under the promising apprentice Killian Hennessy.

The feature €20,000 handicap (4.20) could go to The Plan Man, a son of the late Jeremy that Tony Martin should be able to achieve a couple of Flat wins with. Around a year ago, he chased home Clondaw Warrior over hurdles off 131, but he is marked just 74 on the Flat and ran a nice race on his return.

The rated race is tight. Branch Line, said by Andrew Slattery to be the best he has trained, gets a narrow vote over Rock N Peace.

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