Bets Of The Day: Tough Zannda the one to side with in Ireland

Jockey Pat Smullen will be teaming up with Zannda again on Wednesday
Jockey Pat Smullen will be teaming up with Zannda again on Wednesday

Alan Dudman looks at two of the feature races at Nottingham and Leopardstown on Wednesday, and is relying on Dermot Weld's Zannda to get her season off to a flying start....


"But it's hard to knock a career of six outings with three wins and three runner-up places. Her regular jockey Pat Smullen seems to know when to chase and push her along to make the challenge (mostly leaving it quite late)."

Back Zannda @ 7/4 Sportsbook in the 16:30 at Leopardstown

15:50 Nottingham - Eye up Storm for big run

All eyes will be on Clever Cookie, a genuine Group horse who starts his campaign in the feature Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes on Wednesday at Nottingham.

He is a smashing stayer, who goes fresh and has ideal conditions. However, he will be around 4/6 and he could bolt up, but he will have much grander targets for the rest of the season. Will his trainer want a hard race on testing ground first time up?

I am expecting a big run from Eye Of The Storm, who I have always considered a fairly talented stayer with a turn of foot. The six-year-old has scored at Listed level - in Sandown's Esher Stakes in 2015, and also has some back class from his days at Aidan O'Brien's; when he landed a Group 3.

Eye Of The Storm is a very strong traveller as well, and ideally needs delivering as late as possible as he can idle. Jockey Pat Dobbs once said he had plenty of class, and his record fresh reads 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

The ground ought not to be a problem, as he won a race in Ireland on heavy, and he can put behind him a couple of tame efforts at the back end of last season. He could trade a fair bit shorter than his 13.012/1 exchange price, but I would prefer throwing him into the place market - as he'll travel better than most.


16:30 Leopardstown - Weld filly can display trademark toughness

Trainer Dermot Weld once held the belief that Zannda was a stakes filly over 1m4f, and he was right. Few could knock her tremendous 2015 campaign. With placed efforts in decent affairs last term, she earned her Listed and Group 3 stripes by winning at Cork and Leopardstown. She has never ran a bad race, and has always displayed a tremendous appetite for a battle.

The daughter of Azamour does wear headgear, and I think she can idle a bit in the finish. But it's hard to knock a career of six outings with three wins and three runner-up places. Her regular jockey Pat Smullen seems to know when to chase and push her along to make the challenge (mostly leaving it quite late).

Zannda's pedigree is full of 1m4f winners, and with the family, there's every chance she can be even better at four years of age. There is certainly plenty of size about the Aga Khan-owned runner. There are also the plus points of acting in soft ground, and winning first time out previously.

This Listed fixture in truth is a bit of a mixed bag, with some in the field just making up numbers. Zannda is closely matched on form with Altesse from last season at Cork (when admittedly receiving plenty of weight), but soft ground and 1m4f is her bag, and Dermot Weld's filly could have a touch more class to go with those tremendous battling qualities she has.


Wednesday's Recommended Bets

Back Eye Of The Storm @ 2.8615/8 in place market in the 15:50 at Nottingham
Back Zannda @ 7/4 Sportsbook in the 16:30 at Leopardstown


Alan Dudman's profit and loss

This Week: -4.00

Previous Week: +12.50

2016 P/L: +18.46
2015 P/L: +20.14

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