Plenty of action to get stuck into with two meetings in Ireland this afternoon and we have two selections on the Flat at Fairyhouse, as well as one over the jumps at Ballinrobe.
"He's already proved himself to be a better chaser than a hurdler, despite just having the three runs over fences, collared close home by Muirhead on latest start."
Three Sea Captains (17:05) improved when landing a listed race last time and, in a race featuring more quantity than quality, he should prove very hard to beat. Placed in his first three starts in maidens, he then showed much improved when seeing off six rivals in a five-furlong listed event at the Curragh, and with the step up to seven furlongs unlikely to pose a problem, and he's a worthy favourite this evening.
The 18:05 looks a trappy affair, but it's worth taking a chance on handicap debutant Indurain who hasn't been given a hard time of things in maidens and looks the type to do better now that he's mixing it in handicap company. He cost a cool £110,000 last year and, and caught the eye when a never-nearer seventh at the Curragh last time, not at all knocked about and remains open to plenty of improvement.
Sin Palo (18:45) was caught close home in a similar event at Galway last time and is fancied to gain compensation here. Willie Mullins's runner progressed in bumpers after his debut win and landed a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan in June. He's already proved himself to be a better chaser than a hurdler, despite just having the three runs over fences, collared close home by Muirhead on latest start. This sharper track should play to his strengths and he ought to take plenty of pegging back.
back Three Sea Captains in the 17:05 at Fairyhouse
back Indurain in the 18:05 at Fairyhouse
back Sin Palo in the 18:45 at Ballinrobe