Posted Wednesday 6th January
#startrackers get your coat on and hotfoot in down to Paddy Power ASAP or stay indoors, download their App, open an account De Name Escapes Me is in the Coral.ie Hurdle (used to be the Boylesports) and PP have him at an industry best 14/1!! He is a strong three star*** each way selection.
He was our three star*** bet for Sunday December 27th when I wrote ““If the handicapper puts him up say 10lb at worse he could be interesting in one of the 2m Christmas handicaps..” WELL the handicapper has put him up 11lbs but he IS in a Christmas handicap! The jockey who has had the most rides and winners for Noel Meade this season is Ger Fox and he can claim 3lbs. This could be our Christmas Cracker!!” but no wonder he has been kept for this 60K euros Grade B event.
In Noel Meade’s ATR Stable Tour on October 8th his trainer said “The first day we ran him he just took a hell of a strong hold and was too free to give himself a chance of getting home. It was two-and-a-half miles that day, so we’ll drop him back to two miles next time and hopefully that will suit him better. I think he’ll appreciate soft ground, maybe not heavy ground, but I do like him and I think he will do well.” After his last win I found this on Twitter “Irishracing.com Live @IrishRacing365 · Nov 28 “Likes soft ground but I think he’s better over 2m. Plenty of boot” Noel Meade.
The Grade A 60K euros 2m 5f Coral.ie Chase on the same day has a great field and one caught my eye instantly. An old friend of 49SimpleSimonSays…MasterList Fine Rightly, he has always looked classy, has kept strong company and I was interested in what his shrewd trainer Stuart Crawford had to say in Dave Keena’s Talking Trainers article on 27th November 2015 “He ran at the weekend and I thought he’d run better than he did but he was very fresh in himself. That run might knock the freshness off him so he’ll go back over fences at Navan in a couple of weeks’ time. I had thought about the Paddy Power, but I’ll aim him instead at the Leopardstown Chase in January. He does stay well but he isn’t a slow horse and I thought two miles and five around Leopardstown might suit him better. I’d still be very hopeful that there is a good race to be won with him.” I love a man with a plan, they tend to line up, trained to the minute and with the right bloke in the saddle! He is a 2 star** win selection at a top price 10/1 (Boylesports, Yippee Barry and SkyBet) We may go in again nearer the race for the each way.