After a week of heavy rain and abandonments on the racing front, we are lucky to have weekend action to preview at all!
Mercifully, a good portion of action has survived and we begin on the turf at Navan before a pair of fancies on Kempton’s all-weather card on Saturday afternoon.
Jim Bolger’s filly Rince Deireanach is fancied at a generous 5/1 to have her revenge on last week’s conqueror Definite Doyenne in the penultimate race on the card at Navan (17:05).
The pair clashed a week ago at Cork, where Definite Doyenne had a fitness advantage and was in receipt of more than a stone in weight on her handicap bow.
She duly delivered an improved performance, moving clear of the field in decisive fashion while Rince Deireanach, on the other hand, just didn’t get going when push came to shove on her seasonal reappearance.
She did start to close again on the run to the line, suggesting this longer trip will be in her favour. With the benefit of that run, and now conceding a more manageable 4lb on the revised terms, Kevin Manning is fancied to swoop on the daughter of Teofilo.
It has felt a bit tropical, with all the rain of late, and Dean Ivory’s Tropics looks to gain a fourth win in six starts when he takes in the 6f handicap at Kempton (14:40).
He coped admirably with 5f at Chelmsford last time to win over a trip shorter than desired. A Group 3 winner and placed in the 2014 July Cup at his best, the 10-year-old really has thrived of late and will bid to further enhance a 33 per cent strike-rate on the all-weather here.
Robert Winston’s mount appears to have sound credentials in this eight-runner affair and an early price of 4/1 might not last all that long.
Later on, in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes, Sir Michael Stoute’s South African import Smart Call can take advantage of her easiest task so far on British soil to oblige at 11/4.
A winner of multiple Group 1 races in her homeland, Smart Call ran only in Group 1/Group 2 company in her first season under Stoute’s watch. There was no victory but she ran some very useful faces, including over this mile trip behind Qemah in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
With the sights lowered slightly on this return to action, Jim Crowley’s mount is the one to beat.
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