Let’s start with the 2,000 guineas. I do enjoy the first classic of the season the most. Watching George Washington win this a few years back was a fantastic experience for me, probably his best performance, the turn of foot was explosive.
This renewal doesn’t throw up an obvious superstar. Coolmores superb record in the race cannot be overlooked and therefore Mastercraftsman and Rip van Winkle are of obvious interest. I have them both backed ante-post which on reflection was like printing money as they inevitably shorten up.. wish I had printed more of it!
RVW suffered a stone bruise recently but that hasn’t put off J Murtagh from taking the ride, could this be the finger from Coolmore identifying the better runner. They usually know their best runner but not always and so money for either on the day would be significant in my eyes.
Mastercraftsmen will get the top ground surface he likes and Pats Smullen is equal in my eyes to Johnny Murtagh.
Both have clear chances but the selection comes from another Irish Raider, John Oxx. Sea the Stars is a well bred horse who must rate as a great price for the Derby at this stage (will probably be better at the distance). However, the trainer is shrewd enough and with pace assured and always does well when straying into big English races.
Punchestown Four Year Old Hurdle 2.55 Grade One
Put simply Mourad looks by some margin the best of these. With Willie and Walsh both on fire this week, this one looks good for some profit making.
4/6 doesn’t put me off.
To make a change, a football fixture is selected.
The horror show (Sorry Latics and Bolton fans) is at the JJB where two teams with nothing to play for meet Wigan v Bolton. Wigan are the leagues lowest scorers, neither team do well in North West derbies. Uninspiring stuff. 0-0, 1-0, 0-0 HT, Less than 2 goals…. take your pick.
Back Sea the Stars win £5 13 and place £5 4.4
Back Mourad Win £30
Back 0-0 10, 1-0 8.8, 0-0 HT 2.9 and less than 2 goals 3.5 all with £3.