The focus of the racing world may well be on Longchamp this afternoon, but Kevin has two selections at Tipperary that he hopes will represent him well...
"At the prices, the one that makes the most appeal is the David Wachman-trained Hint Of A Tint. Wachman has done an exceptional job to get her back to form after a very disappointing 2014 season to win the Topaz Mile and at the Galway Festival and the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh in recent months."
The Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes (14:30) is a deep renewal of the contest. The Dermot Weld-trained Tested is particularly effective on flat tracks and is very solid at this level, but her wide draw makes her ever-so-slightly vulnerable. Another previous winner of this race is the Paul Deegan-trained Sruthan and he is likely to have been targeted at this race, but his connections will be praying that the ground doesn't dry out too much for him, as he would prefer an ease in it.
At the prices, the one that makes the most appeal is the David Wachman-trained Hint Of A Tint. Wachman has done an exceptional job to get her back to form after a very disappointing 2014 season to win the Topaz Mile and at the Galway Festival and the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh in recent months. While both of those wins came over longer trips at stiffer tracks on softer ground than she tackles today, she really impressed with how smoothly she moved through those races, so she appeals as having the pace to be fully effective at this shorter trip.
Her revised official rating of 105 puts her right in the mix for this contest and such was the authority with which she won the Irish Cambridgeshire, there could well be even more to come from her. She warrants support at what is a very fair price.
The Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Handicap (15:10) is a deeply-competitive handicap and not the easiest to work out. The David Marnane-trained Seanie is a tricky horse to catch right, but he did win this race last year from a poor draw off a mark that was just 2lb lower than he runs off today. He comes into this race off a fine effort to finish third in a valuable handicap at Leopardstown, faring the best of those that were trained in Ireland. However, while missing the kick was not in the plan, he did have things go quite well for him other than that, with him getting perfect ground-saving splits up the inside in the straight. While his chance is respected, the one that makes more appeal is the Willie McCreery-trained Colour Blue.
The four-year-old finished just ¾-length behind Seanie at Leopardstown, but had to chart a much wider passage on her way there having been caught wide from her poor draw. Unlike Seanie, she has run since Leopardstown, but too much shouldn't be read into her outing in a three-runner conditions race at Cork.
While she doesn't appeal as having loads in hand by any means, she did win a valuable fillies' handicap at the Curragh off just a 1lb lower mark in June and with conditions to suit and a good draw in her favour, she can be expected to make a bold bid.
Back Hint Of A Tint 2pts @ 7.06/1 or better in the 14:30 at Tipperary
Back Colour Blue 1pt each way @ 9.08/1 or better in the 15:10 at Tipperary