We're off to Leopardstown for today's two back bets while the Follow The Team are keen to oppose one up in Sedgefield...
We kick off proceedings with some graded action at Leopardstown with the race in question due off at 14:00. Joey Sasa is a horse who made a very favourable impression at this venue last month when landing a maiden hurdle over todays distance in taking fashion. The form of that race has since been franked by the runner up Barra coming out to trounce her rivals in a similar contest at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Joey Sasa was a solid bumper performer last year and seems to be getting his act together over hurdles having improved for each of his runs over timber. He'll need to improve again if he is to worry the Willie Mullins hotpot in the form of Let's Dance but we're confident that he can do just that and recommend taking the 5.79/2 that is currently available about Noel Meade's charge.
In the 14:50 at Sedgefield a selling hurdle being ran over 2m4f we're keen to take on the jolly who comes in the form of the Johnny Farrelly trained Ascendant. It's almost two years since our selection last got his head in front and although dropped in grade today we're hopeful he might find one too good for him once again. Friendless in the market all morning having drifted from 1.625/8 out its current price of 1.9720/21 we'd be confident of getting this one beaten today in what looks a competitive heat on paper.
We're back across the Irish Sea for our each way play of the day coming in the 2m5f Handicap chase going to post at 16:00 in Leopardstown. Bearly Legal is a course and distance winner having landed this contest in impressive fashion this day last year. Only up 3lbs from last year's win our selection got a nice pipe opener into him when finishing mid-division over the smaller obstacles at Limerick before Christmas. It's likely that this race has been the plan for some time now and reverting back to fences is likely to bring further improvement out of our selection. Money has come this morning for Karl Thornton's charge who is currently trading at 8.07/1 having been as big as 10.519/2 early doors and we make him a solid each way selection.
Back Joey Sasa in the 14:00 Leopardstown @ 5.79/2
Lay Ascendant in the 14:50 Sedgefield @ 1.9720/21
Back Each Way Bearly Legal in the 16:00 Leopardstown @ 8.07/1
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