A mixed bag of action yesterday at Roscommon saw myself finally land my first winner for the Which Bookie team, with my NAP, Enniskerry delivering the goods in impressive style. He is a lovely horse for the Barry Connell team and it would be of absolutely no surprise to see him develop into being much better than a standard of 120s or 130s. I think we won’t see the best of him till he jumps a fence, but he is a horse to keep in the tracker for sure.
I have two further selections to go to war with today.
WhichBookie is generously sponsoring the card at Fontwell this afternoon and the beautiful track in South England hosts some small but equally tricky races throughout a seven race card.
My selection from Fontwell comes in the 2.45, a handicap hurdle for horses rated between 0-105 over 2 miles and 5 furlongs. I am quite keen on the chances on Mystic Court for the combination of Nick Mitchell and Fergus Gillard, who has shot to prominence in the saddle over the last 12 to 18 months.
Mitchell’s charge won back to back races in April time at Newton Abbot and then followed up shortly after at Taunton. He returned here last time out and was a highly credible third in his effort for a hat trick. That was in a better standard of contest and he showed up very well for a long way and was only beaten around 2 lengths overall.
Despite carrying top weight today, he has been dropped back down the class ladder and has every chance of having enough in his reserve for his third win in fairly quick succession. At a best price of 3/1 with Bet365, I make him a good bet to get back on the winning thread.
Today’s Irish action comes from Cork and sees a very good card with a Listed and Group 3 event, alongside the Cork Derby, which is typically a tough and competitive handicap.
My other selection for today comes in the Cork Derby and I’m siding with a speculative each way shout. Aesop was a winner at this venue when last here in April, winning over 10 furlongs in impressive fashion off a mark of 84. He was raised 3 pounds for that effort and was perhaps a shade disappointing in a competitive race at the Curragh last time out.
He now steps up in trip for the first time since facing off against the ultra-progressive, Red Kelly, last year at Down Royal. Aesop finished a more than respectable fourth that day and there was certainly optimism that this trip would be within range based on that effort alone.
The return to a much sounder surface today than the terrain he encountered at the Curragh is also another positive and he is currently too big a price to pass up on. At a price of 6/1 with William Hill, I make him a solid each way bet.