Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Sunday; Lemony Bay in the Doncaster 1.45 and Bright New Dawn in the Leopardstown 3.05. Compare odds and bet.
All eyes will be on the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday when dual Champion Hurdler Hurricane Fly bids to fend off the up-and-coming pair of Jezki and Our Conor in what promises to be an absolute cracker.
It’s not the only good contest on the card, however, and Dessie Hughes’ Bright New Dawn (3:05) is fancied to land the Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase, at the main expense of unbeaten favourite Morning Assembly who has done little wrong to date.
The pair were of similar ability over hurdles and the latter is a worthy market leader on what he has done to date over fences, but the selection is open to plenty of improvement now he steps up to 3m for the first time and is worth supporting (currently trading at 7/2).
Doncaster stages a decent extended 2m3f novices’ hurdle and, with the stable in such good form, Lemony Bay (1:45) is given the nod, in the hope the ground isn’t too bad.
If that is the case, the four-year-old dual bumper winner looks sure to go well, with the step up in trip likely to bring about plenty of improvement.
Oliver Sherwood’s Overbury gelding shaped with considerable promise at the track last month and is in search of a decent surface (good-to-soft should suffice). The penalised Swallowshide (a winner for this column last time) is respected, as is Oscar Hoof judged on his Haydock debut second, but Lemony Bay returns to the track at just the right time, given the stable wellbeing, and will hopefully get conditions to suit.
1:45 Doncaster: Lemony Bay
3:05 Leopardstown: Bright New Dawn
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Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
* My Tent Or Yours won 4 times including the Betfair Hurdle and the Top Novices’ at Aintree
* Stable Round-Up included Neptune winner The New One, Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Court Minstrel and David Pipe’s Dynaste of whom it read “could follow the Grands Crus path of last year, starting in the Steel Plate And Sections before he is readied for the Feltham” – he won both races and also scored at Aintree in April
* Across The Sea – Mount Benbulben 14/1 winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival
* Under The Hammer – horses featured in this section included Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill (25/1) and The Liquidator, who won the equivalent Grade 1 at Punchestown – this section has been greatly increased for 2013-14