Thursday 22 February 2018

Dallaglio has the right attitude

DALLAGLIO could be underestimated in the market at Clonmel today and is put forward to land the Slievenamon Beginners Steeplechase under Andrew Lynch.

The seven-year-old seems to have a habitual characteristic associated with Jim Dreaper's horses: an ability to perform to a higher standard over fences than as a hurdler. Notre Pere, for example, only won a maiden hurdle before reaching Grade One-winning chase heights.

Dallaglio is no Notre Pere -- in either code of jumps -- but he seems virtually certain to leave his hurdling efforts (rated no better than 98) behind now that he tackles fences. If he repeats the form of his chase debut, there is every chance he will win today.

The son of Loup Solitaire excelled himself at 16/1 behind the smart Across The Bay at Naas. He jumped boldly for a debutant and was travelling more powerfully than runner-up Kimberlite King for much of the straight.

Even though Dallaglio has been frustrating from a punter's stance over hurdles, he seems to have a faultless attitude and kept going as best he could from the last to go down by just over seven and a half lengths. Kimberlite King, which had four lengths to spare over the Dreaper horse, went on next time to win a similar event by five lengths.

Today's chase is confined to horses rated 109 or less over hurdles. Dreaper's placing of the gelding thus seems shrewd, as it would be perplexing if Dallaglio were not capable of reaching a higher level than 109 as a steeplechaser, going on his Naas performance.

Taradoun amounts perhaps to the biggest threat, albeit one perhaps negated by concerns that this trip drains his stamina tank. Mister Two Fifty is also solid, while a couple of the chase debutants could easily figure.

Dallaglio is hardly a certainty but at around 5/1 in the morning, he might well embark on a market move. A big run is on the cards.


Dallaglio to win at Clonmel, 1pt at best morning odds

TIPPERARY'S hurlers will be greatly relieved to puck a ball in the NHL this afternoon at Parnell Park, where they face a Dublin side with a point to prove.

There was something of a gamble on the Dubs to beat Waterford last weekend -- a plunge that proved of dubious inspiration, though they are far better than that drubbing. In front of their home fans, expect the Dubs to rally in response to boss Anthony Daly's call to prove what they are capable of.

Tipp are slightly inconvenienced by lack of recent competitive action. Obviously they will probably win but Dublin's morale will be helped by the remarkable inclusion of Alan McCrabbe, whose leg was believed at one stage to be broken in Waterford. Back the Dubs to hold Tipp to five points or less.


Dublin +6 v Tipperary, 2pts at evens (Ladbrokes)

EVERTON'S split-personality tendencies over the past week would put one off backing them to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane today.

Ruthless against Manchester United on Saturday, David Moyes' side played like a team who were hoping that every minute of their clash in Portugal on Thursday would be the game's last -- even before they went behind.

The Toffees are arguably more suited to domestic matters and Spurs can be taken on at 11/10 on Betfair. It is not hugely significant that they have lost their last three home league games against Everton, but encouraging nonetheless with a view to opposing them. The home squad was hit by a stomach virus this week and may be without the vital Wilson Palacios.


Lay Tottenham against Everton, 2pts at 2.1 (2.2pt liability, Betfair)


Profit/Loss to €10 stake: -€1.90

Still running: €340

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