ON THIS day last year Dawn Approach made a winning debut in the Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden at the Curragh. I doubt we’ll see another potential superstar in today’s renewal but the new Flat season always brings a frisson of excitement and expectation that another special horse might be about to be unleashed.
Dawn Approach’s trainer Jim Bolger saddles Saburo today while Aidan
O’ Brien runs two. Messrs Weld and Stack also have runners and it could be an informative contest.
The Irish Lincoln is a conundrum and a half. Tom Dascombe sends mud-loving Anton Chigurh across the Irish Sea while Richard Fahey saddles Our Boy Jack, who was progressive and consistent last season. Tommy Carmody runs two, with Johnny Murtagh riding Sweet Lightning and there was good money for that one yesterday. His other runner Campanology, formerly with Richard Hannon, is by no means a forlorn hope. But the Dermot Weld four-year-old TANDEM looks to have the perfect profile for the race: he is progressive and not fully exposed, and despite his skinny odds he will get my few shillings. On the subject of Carmody, I do fancy SHERZAM in the 4.00.
A fascinating runner is ALPINIST in the lucky last. This Bolger horse, sired by his Derby winner New Approach, is entered in both the English and Irish derbies and is worth watching closely.
At Wincanton an improved run from BOIS DES AIGLES would not be a huge surprise in the opener while David Pipe also has an interesting runner in the 3.55 in BYGONES SOVEREIGN. He is our nominated Dark Horse and you can find out why by clicking here.
UGLY BUG, one of this site’s horses to follow, should give the jolly One Conemara plenty to think about in the 4.55.