The current coronavirus has hit the world hard, the horseracing world especially in fact with all meetings in Britain scratched until the end of April at the earliest, but the roadshow our sport is will not be fully denied.
Not only is Irish racing carrying on with one meeting maximum per day behind closed doors, but bookmakers are also regularly pricing up races from the States, South Africa, Australia and the USA amongst others which gives us a chance to have a well-informed bet over the weekend.
Australia and Ireland it is who provide us with the best information, so be sure to look out for the very early start this week for racing at Rosehill Gardens who have a massive day of Group 1 action in the offing, so these race times are AM!
3.25 Rosehill (Ranvet Stakes – Group 1) – ADDEYBB
William Haggas’ admirable performer, a Group 2 winner at home and always at his best on today’s forecast soft ground, really should have too much for the home team in this ideal mile-and-a-quarter event.
Only just denied in the Group 1 Champion Stakes back in October, the Royal Ascot winner is only getting better at 6 and he can take care of four-year-old Verry Elleegant and Avilius, though both have performed well on softer going in the past.
Tom Marquand is over to take the ride on Addeybb with the plan being that he can take this race before attempting to double up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 11 at Randwick, for which he’d be exempt from the ballot should he win this first. He’d be a bigger price at local odds, so grab that if you can.
4.45 Rosehill (Rosehill Guineas – Group 1) – SHERWOOD FOREST
Plenty in with chances here, but many who are unproven on this ground and/or who have been performing to their best without winning, meaning we pretty much have a good handle on where they stand ability-wise.
A last time out winner who could yet be much better though is the New Zealand raider Sherwood Forest of the Tony Pike yard. He took the NZ Derby last time out over a mile-and-a-half, but as a son of Fastnet Rock there is a good chance that he will thrive in this ground and for coming down to a mile-and-a-quarter.
He is a big price to get the job done so looks great value, although it also means stakes can be kept to a minimum. Of the rest, Castelvecchio and Warning probably stand out even more than Randwick Guineas winner and likely favourite Shadow Hero.
2.10 Thurles (Hurdle) – JETZ
In an otherwise decidedly trappy race featuring plenty of ifs and buts about the horses, the one solid one who stands out in terms of the clock on this sort of ground is Jessica Harrington’s Jetz.
The reason the clock is important is that Thurles reportedly rides very well with a beautiful covering of ground, so even when described as being soft it suits a horse who can show a turn of foot and in this race, those are few and far between.
Jetz however has performed well on this ground on several occasions, often showing a decent burst and usually against much lesser opposition which gives him a great chance this time around. Robbie Power rides with his mount looking to take care of Brace Yourself and Karl Der Grosse.
3.10 Thurles (Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase – Grade 3) – SIZING POTTSIE
A quick double could be on the cards for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power as there seems to be plenty of confidence behind Sizing Pottsie in this Grade 3 chase, even under a penalty.
It’s easy to see why too; improving hand over fist as a chaser, the six-year-old loves these conditions and has won each of his last two now, including another Grade 3 in the easiest style. He should be too goo for the likes of Capuccimix and Cut The Mustard and can collect a cool €32,000 prize.