The racing action is at Naas this afternoon and Alan Thompson has a couple of selections for the two handicaps on the card...
"the Nolan team are in good form, sending out three winners from their last eight starters"
Paul Nolan's charge has plenty to like about him this afternoon
Peculiar Genius was off the course for 276 days before returning in October to run over two-and-a-half miles over fences at Wexford on yielding ground. Paul Nolan's charge ran a very respectable second that day and then followed it up with two more decent efforts at Cork, where he finished fourth of 10 over fences and then at Tramore when back over hurdles he was sent off favourite but finished third of 11. The runs at Cork and Tramore were both over two miles, but that Cork race over fences could have been pretty decent as the second, third, fifth and seventh placed finishers have all subsequently come out and won.
There is plenty to like about the horse today, the Nolan team are in good form, sending out three winners from their last eight starters, Gold Cup winning jockey Bryan Cooper takes the ride, he is stepping back up to what I think is is his preferred trip (two-and-a-half miles), he is going back over fences and has winning form on the ground. I think he has most things in place for a big run today and I expect him to be difficult to beat.
Thereisnodoubt is looking to make it back-to-back wins
Since moving from Augustime Leahy's yard to Shane Crawley, Thereisnodoubt has run twice but already recorded his first victory. He was a faller on his stable debut but he more than made up for that error by producing a career best performance, winning by nine lengths on his latest start. The form for that race has already been franked as the second has come out and won since, and despite a hefty 11lb rise in the weights off the handicapper, he won so easily that there could still be more to come from the six-year-old. Unfortunately, the selection has already been backed into [5.0] favourite from [7.0] and to be honest that is about as short as I would back him.
If the price does put you off and you feel the value has gone then you might want to take a look at Wade Harper each way at [21.0]. Philip Rothwell's nine-year-old was a three time winner in the UK when trained by David Dennis and last time out he put in a very decent effort over two-and-a-half miles. He led for a long way in that race before eventually getting caught but still managed to finish second. Today's drop in trip should help him and at a big price he could give you a good run for your money.
2019 Overall: +10.00pts
This week so far...
Staked: 2 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts