Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Planchart can continue a good run for Team Slattery

There are some open races at the Curagh this afternoon and Tony Keenan likes the look of a few at bigger prices.
There are some open races at the Curagh this afternoon and Tony Keenan likes the look of a few at bigger prices.

Tony Keenan advised backing Success Days at 17.016/1 last Sunday at the Curragh and is back with a preview of action at the same track this afternoon...


"Punters riding the Andy Slattery train in 2016 have been rewarded and there seems no reason to get off it yet; much like Sabrina Harty in 2014, focussing on the small trainer with hot hand can pay dividends."

1 Point Back Planchart @ 15.014/1 or bigger in the Curragh 15:50

This afternoon's Curragh card has the look of a day for outsiders; not only are there a number of open races on the betting but there are also a few market leaders worth opposing.


Curragh 14:10 - Lightening can prove Fast in the first

Taj Mahal has been woefully disappointing thus far, looking about as fast as the landmark he's named after, and while the extra furlong and application of cheek-pieces could suit, this full-brother to Gleneagles is still priced on his regal pedigree.

Preference is for Lightening Fast who has breeding of his own to live up to being the first Frankel offspring to race in Ireland. The case for him is simple; he should improve markedly for this step up in trip after doing his best work at the finish at the stiff Nass circuit last time and is much the pick of the fancied runners.


Curragh 14:40 - Front-running Bound to make all

Eziyra might have endeared herself to Galway betting public with an 0dds-on success at Ballybrit but her tail-swishing in the finish put me right off and while Hydrangea has since boosted the form that is not all it seems; she met plenty of trouble that night and has been more suited by racing on a conventional track since. At 2.56/4, she is plenty short.

Her first two runs wouldn't inspire but Bound put up a much improved effort over course-and-distance last Saturday, shaping better than the result as the sectionals suggest she was ridden too forcefully. She might be one of these O'Brien fillies whose form is about to take off and is taken to provide a mini-shock. The Bolger filly Legitimus backs up quickly and isn't out of things with better ground more suitable than the soft she raced on last Thursday.


Curragh 15:50 - In-form Slattery has a chance with Planchart

Both Somehow and Skiffle are ideally suited by further than nine furlongs and with little pace predicted here their stamina may not be tested sufficiently; they do not have enough in hand of the rest that they can be much below form over a less than optimum trip and still win. Skiffle too comes off a longish break.

Adool is thus the most solid of the front few but is hardly a form standout either and I prefer Planchart at bigger prices. Punters riding the Andy Slattery train in 2016 have been rewarded and there seems no reason to get off it yet; much like Sabrina Harty in 2014, focussing on the small trainer with hot hand can pay dividends.

On her Galway form, Planchart isn't good enough but she won in spite rather than because of the trip that day and is a certain improver up in distance while her Naas run prior to that (when she got messed around off a slow pace) has worked out well.


Curragh 17:00 - Breathe and Beau look overpriced

I'll be surprised if something blows the Cambridgeshire apart this year as there just doesn't look to be a seriously well-handicapped horse in the field and it might prove best to concentrate on solid rather than spectacular types. My shortlist is five-strong - Cailin Mor, Boomshackerlacker, Mr Right, Breathe Easy and Beau Satchel - and there's a case for getting with all five with some favourable place terms around; the Sportsbook are offering five places on the race. For my purposes here, I'll focus on just two.

A 12lbs rise for Breathe Easy's win last time looks plenty but it was a hot race that is working out and he has an excellent record at the track; the kicker with him is the positive trainer switch to Gavin Cromwell would who could well have improved him and will have had this race in mind since his last win.

Beau Satchel has been rather missed by the market and seems priced as a Galway horse that has already had his day in the sun but he is bang-in-form and has a number of good placed efforts here, notably when chasing home Hasanour when that one was really well-treated. There's a strong pace likely here and he should be finishing well.


Curragh 17:35 - Petitcoat a bet for back-on-song yard

A good sprint handicap closes the card and I will take Petitcoatgovernment against the field for all the Peacehaven is respected after a good run from a bad draw last weekend on ground he wouldn't have liked. Petitcoatgovernment ran well for a three-year-old in the Scurry last month and that form has worked out while her recent fourth at Cork is better than it looks; seven furlongs stretches her and she was left badly-placed in a slowly-run affair. Her yard is in much better form now too.


Recommended Bets

1 Point Back Lightening Fast @ 3.814/5 or bigger in the Curragh 14:10
0.5 Point Back Bound @ 11.521/2 or bigger in the Curragh 14:40
1 Point Back Planchart @ 15.014/1 or bigger in the Curragh 15:50
1 Point Place Back Planchart @ 3.814/5 or bigger in the Curragh 15:50
1 Point Back Breathe Easy @ 15.5 or bigger in the Curragh 17:00
0.5 Point Back Beau Satchel @ 27.026/1 or bigger in the Curragh 17:00
0.5 Point Place Back Beau Satchel @ 7.413/2 or bigger in the Curragh 17:00
1 Point Back Petitcoatgovernment @ 9.08/1 or bigger in the Curragh 17:35


Flat Season P+L: +26.1 Points


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