WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and an each-way selection for the 2.15 at Naas on Sunday 17th October.
2.45 Gowran Park
3.20 Gowran Park
3.55 Gowran Park
4.30 Gowran Park
Date of Tips: 02/10/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:33 02/10/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It was a good start to the new month at Gowran Park yesterday, as it looked like the luck may well be changing with two nice winners and two places from the four selections. I am hoping that October can be the start of some good momentum, and we have a fascinating weekend of racing to contend with. Alongside the ante-post selections from Newmarket today and Longchamp tomorrow, I will also be focusing on some of the Irish action, starting today at Gowran Park again.
Starting off this afternoon with the 2.45 race, which is a tricky 3m handicap hurdle. Yesterday’s winner Good Time Jonny had been given a speculative entry for this race, but he was withdrawn this morning and has opened the race up quite considerably. With that in mind, it could well fall into the lap of the ultra consistent Hewick, who registered yet another victory last time out off his lower hurdles mark. He beat My Immortal down in Listowel, who was a well handicapped horse in his own right by a comfortable four lengths, and has been raised 9 pounds for that effort. He should be equally happy in a race of this nature and could well add another win to his name, and at a general best price of 4/1 – I’m hoping that happens.
The 3.20 is the featured PWC Champion Chase over 2m4f and this Grade 2 contest has a stellar lineup waiting with the Champion Chase heroine, Put the Kettle On making her seasonal debut. She could well need this race though and her record away to Cheltenham is not often the best, so it may be a case of watching rather than acting today. In quite boring fashion, I think Royal Rendezvous will take all the beating in this contest, with the Galway Plate winner coming out on top on the ratings against his other rivals and has the fitness edge over the De Bromhead trained mare. His jumping clicked last time out at Galway and if reproducing that, will take a lot of beating here. At a best price of 11/8 with Coral, it’s a short price but he should take a lot of beating.
The 3.55 is a 2m4f handicap chase and sees O Connell Street trying to win his second race over fences on the bounce after a facile victory in Scotland last time up. That was a shrewd piece of placing from his trainer, but will face a tougher crowd on this occasion. Perhaps against my better judgement, I would be shocked if Cerberus was not to feature at some stage soon in one of these handicap chases, as he certainly has enough ability to be involved. Having run a few okay races in beginners chases this summer, he was disappointing on handicap debut at Killarney last time up. This is a more suitable trip and I just can’t help but feel he is lurking off his current mark. At a price of 11/1 with SkyBet, who offer 4 places, I’ll be backing each way.
The final race I’ll be covering is the 4.30 beginners chase over 2m4f. I saw earlier in the week that Emmet Mullins had both Noble Yeats and Russian Diamond entered, and he chose the former to represent the stable this time out. I think this is a horse of the highest quality, and I would be hopeful that he could scale the heights into being a good novice this year for the former owners of The Shunter. He accounted for a maiden hurdle field in decisive fashion and I suppose the only thing against him in this contest is a lack of racing experience. He is potentially the best of these and even if he wasn’t to collect today, could still be the one to take forward into the season. I still think he is the best horse on offer here, and the general price of 9/4 should be availed of.