Al Dudman starts the week with a boosted double from Galway & Newcastle, with the first horse off at 16:05...
"The form of his subsequent fourth at Newmarket however is even hotter, with Royal Lodge winner New Mandate in that race behind the 3.1m purchase of Godolphin Dhababi."
Bertie to rule at Ballybrit
Emaraty Hero was most impressive yesterday as a winner, but Pivoine was no match for the Newmarket hotpot Aramaic, thus once again giving us victory and a second to miss out on the double.
We're back at Galway on Monday to start the week, and while we are big on numbers for the opener at 16:05, there is little depth to the maiden hurdle.
Henry De Bromhead's Clondaw Bertie can get us off to a good start at 9/4 and is perhaps the most interesting judged on his effort at Fairyhouse last November.
The ground was soft in that and he led at a fast pace, but he was starting to give way against two very useful horses in the closing stages. His exit two out was down to a stumble and possibly tiredness.
He has raced a couple of times over 2m4f, but he doesn't look a stayer over that trip, back down to 2m and quicker ground are both positives and if he can grab the lead, it could turn out to be ideal at Galway.
Lion has the best form on offer
The 19:25 Newcastle maiden looks there for taking with the experienced pair of Biplane and Spiritofthenorth rated just 57 and 69, and it might take a horse to run just a mid 70s rating to be successful. Wild Lion should justify his short price.
He ran well on his debut at Yarmouth last summer behind Roger Varian's Imperial Yellow, and he's turned out to be more than useful as he's won a handicap recently from a mark of 91.
The form of his subsequent fourth at Newmarket however is even hotter, with Royal Lodge winner New Mandate in that race behind the 3.1m purchase of Godolphin Dhababi.
Wild Lion has been off for 408 days, but trainer Saeed bin Suroor recently produced Big Team to win on the all-weather after a near-200 day absence. He has the best form on offer and should step up following his gelding operation.
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