Let’s Sway all the way to the bank


A hectic and often high-class Saturday afternoon of racing awaits, with Classic action at the Curragh in Ireland and some super races to relish across Britain.

More of those to come and some betting ideas for Haydock and the Curragh, but we begin with a leisurely novices’ hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday evening.

The opening contest at the Welsh track provides recent Wincanton winner Let’s Sway with a strong chance of doubling her tally over timber and it really is a bit surprising to find she can be backed at 2/1 in the early skirmishes.

The filly by Authorized went off a 200/1 rag on her hurdling bow at Taunton and, despite pulling hard, she made the frame just four lengths down in third spot.

Tracey Barfoot-Saunt’s charge was again easy enough to back at 14/1 when going off at Wincanton but, with a first-time hood helping her settle, she made every yard and scored with consummate ease.

The trainer fires her in again just 11 days later in a contest that really doesn’t look any stronger and Let’s Sway can take full advantage by doubling up her tally at Ffos Las.

Earlier on, there might be a bit of value in backing Fozzy Stack’s Zihba in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh. He’s unbeaten in three starts and has been snapped up by Al Shaqab Racing since his Leopardstown win last time out.

He looked like he’d go on improving for that win and appears overpriced at 9/1. He would likely be much shorter in the betting were he trained at one of the bigger establishments.

Elarqam is a solid contender for Mark Johnston, while O’Brien’s bid for eight wins in 11 years looks to be headed by US Navy Flag, with Ryan Moore on board.

The latter has been poor in two runs this spring and, while the British raider is respected on his Newmarket Guineas effort, the value appears to be Zihba.

Richard Fahey’s team continues to be in good form and Sands Of Mali can give him a Saturday afternoon winner in the Sandy Lane Stakes.

Last season’s Gimcrack winner at York, Sands Of Mali landed a French Group 3 at Chantilly already this season and promises to be further suited by the better ground forecast at Haydock.

He may not match the prodigious speed of Harry Angel in winning this last year but should hold Invincible Army on their York form and boasts a fitness advantage on the Clive Cox-trained Heartache.

Saturday’s Tips:

Let’s Sway – 6.05 Ffos Las @ 2/1

Zihba – 4.10 Curragh @ 10/1

Sands Of Mali – 3.25 Haydock @ 4/1

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