Alan Thomson fancies a son of Frankel to overturn a hot favourite on the opening day of Ireland's new turf Flat season.
BROGUE (4.00) seems a sensible alternative to warm favourite Sir Dragonet on the opening day of the Irish turf Flat season at Naas.
Dermot Weld trains the son of Frankel, an impressive Cork winner over today’s trip of ten furlongs, and the runner-up has franked the form by scoring a couple of times. Brogue receives a handy 5lb from Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on shot Sir Dragonet and the Ballydoyle older horses often need a run to bring them to the boil.
EVEN SO (4.30) caught the eye of many observers when scoring at Gowran Park last September for Ger Lyons and third horse Celestial Object later ran out a cosy winner of a Leopardstown maiden. Even So could be a filly worth following in the early weeks of the season.
DARK VADER (3.00) was an expensive runner-up for this column when his saddle slipped at Lingfield but Joseph O’Brien’s colt scraped home under today’s 7lb apprentice at Dundalk ten days ago. Dark Vader’s fitness is at least assured in this competitive six-furlong handicap.
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