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Thursday's Nap drifted, (as did everything else in the race pretty much) only in the face of a wall of money for the ultimate winner, Hold Court. In the event travelled well but appeared to blow up or run out of stamina approaching the last. After two years off before its last run, in retrospect there may also have been a bounce factor. It wasn't a day when i had any strong fancies and looking at some of the results, quite glad i restricted myself to the one bet!


Davy Russell would be a rare visitor to this side of the Irish Sea, and it would be no surprise if both his booked rides obliged at Newcastle. EDUARD (12.30 Newcastle) 13/8 morning, while the horse it beat at Kelso in March, DUKE OF NAVAN (Newcastle 1.00) 11/4 Morning can score half an hour later. The latter has the tougher task taking on Dottie's Dilemma who has scored a hattrick in low grade events. However the selection's third in the Scottish National day bumper at Ayr was a sound effort.

Mainly big field end of season maidens and handicaps dominate the flat cards. At Newbury WORLD RECORD (Newbury 2.50) 11/8 Morning, is likely to be a warm order for Hannon and Hughes after a good effort last time in a Newmarket maiden.

EDIT MORNING. No Dundalk prices available yet at time of updating.
The Dundalk card has some intriguing punting angles this week. I recall Ger Lyons being very concerned about LILY'S ANGEL (Dundalk 6.00) after a harrowing experience in Homecoming Queen's Guineas, so it was nice to see the horse bounce back to its best last time after a break and she can take this fillies race.

It wouldn't be a blog bet but will be interesting to see if The Reek can lose the maiden tag finally. Well handicapped and well backed last time, was a decent enough second but this is a typically tight low grade a/w apprentice handicap, so I'll pass.

One horse that might be interesting if it is completely ignored in the market might be TOBERTON e/w (Dundalk 7.30). A desperate race full of disappointing and quite harshly handicapped horses. Toberton ran ok on second career start about 6 lengths 5th of 13 behind High Octane, before virtually bolting clear next time when pitched into a 51k sales race. Faded quickly 2f out and finished last, but was taking on 100+ rated horses and had absolutely no chance there. At least it will have got the horse fit, it drops back a furlong, and in this company, must be worth an e/w poke.

Dundalk specialist Denny Crane turns up for the first time this autumn in the 8.30 off a viable mark. Usually needs a run (won second time after a break last year, having been a little unlucky on reappearance), but was entered in a higher rated contest last week, so might not be far away. Watching brief for me today though.

The last two races also throw up possible bets. ATMOSPHERIC HIGH (9.00 Dundalk) has run well on its last two starts with a third and a second, and must go close in what looks the easier division of this handicap. The Alarm Clock ran well the other day and rates the danger but has a poor draw. In the second division, at the weights there is nothing between COACH BOMBAY (Dundalk 9.25) and Fairylike, on their second and third behind the well handicapped Parramatta here a fortnight ago. it's possible though that Joseph O'Brien might get taken on for the lead on the latter and the selection is faniced to pounce late, while Dusty Trail won on heavy last time, but is 0 from 9 here.

Thanks for reading, plenty of selections for Friday, they would be single bets. No decision on any Nap yet, morning prices will be educational.... ;)