Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Sunday; Thomas Edison in the 2.45 at Gowran Park and Polisky in the Hereford 4.20. Compare odds and bet.
Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls doesn’t have too many runners this time of year, but he can saddle a winner from his only runner at Hereford this afternoon in the shape of Polisky (4:20) in the extended 2m5f novices’ chase.
The five-year-old didn’t quite live up to expectations over hurdles, having finished runner-up to Sprinter Sacre on his British debut at Ascot last February, but he has since finished behind the likes of Fingal Bay and he got off the mark in a minor event over a similar trip to today’s at Wincanton in March.
The five-year-old looks the type who could make up in to a useful novice chaser and, assuming he jumps adequately, it will be disappointing if he doesn’t make a winning debut over the larger obstacles.
Over in Ireland, there is a potentially exciting prospect on show in the 2m2f maiden at Gowran Park.
Thomas Edison (2:45) was last seen beating none other than Cheltenham and Punchestown Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever at Leopardstown over Christmas and he has since been purchased by J P McManus.
The race he won also included The Mighty Milan (3rd) who won by 14 lengths on his next start, before finishing runner-up in a warm contest at the Curragh last month.
Tony Martin’s five-year-old had earlier shown up well when third to Venture Capital in a decent bumper at Fairyhouse, having previously finished third on his hurdling debut at Down Royal in November.
The son of Danehill Dancer was pulled out due to bad ground recently, so that may well be the case again this afternoon, though it wouldn’t worry me too much as his two pieces of bumper form came on soft and heavy.
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