Paul Ferguson has one selections for us on Sunday; Sea Of Thunder: 15/8 in the 16:35 at Clonmel. Compare odds and bet.
Not much of note on the domestic front this afternoon, but there are a couple of interesting races over in Ireland.
Firstly Battle Of Marengo goes for the hat-trick in the Beresford Stakes (having won twice for us recently) but the testing ground at the Curragh puts me off taking short odds about him today. He remains a potentially high-class colt, however.
And, secondly, Clonmel stages a fine renewal of the Captain Christy Novice Chase, in which Sea Of Thunder (4:35) is taken to make a winning debut over fences for Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell.
The seven-year-old is a dual points winner who caught the eye on a couple of raids to England last winter. Having won a maiden hurdle at Thurles in October, the son of Old Vic chased home the useful Hazy Tom at Wetherby, before falling with the race at his mercy at Cheltenham in December.
That Grade 2 contest came on good ground and over today’s trip of 3m so the selection clearly has his optimum conditions for this fencing bow and this half-brother to the top-class hurdler Macs Joy can strike at the first time of asking.
4:35 Clonmel: Sea Of Thunder: 15/8 Betvictor
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)