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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  1. double carpet 10 months ago

    With the Irish Flat season starting today thought I’d throw a few up to pass the day.
    Obviously a lot of guesswork so just small stakes.

    2.00 Marketta 10/1 ew

    Trainer has had a winner and a 2nd in this race last 2 years. Dont think the fav will enjoy the conditions being by an american dirt horse but at 650k connections will be looking for him to start paying his way soon.

    2.30 Grizzly 6/1 ew

    Ran well on debut in similar conditions to today.

    3.00 Sendmylovetoyou

    Last 3 winners came from stalls 1 and 3 so low draw looks to be the key. Drawn 1 and won fto last season.


    • recoba 10 months ago

      King of Kells…3.00 8/1 Ew

      2/1 for a place GL all 👍

  2. azzthewigan 10 months ago

    numerian 4.00 hamariyna 4.30 emiyn 5.00

  3. recoba 10 months ago

    Nice shout with Numerian Azz!
    I was going to just do place only bet with 4 which woukd have landed n its lesson learned (again?) as that Naas with so many horses being of course for so long was tough n i think i can speak for all 4 of us on here at least…that meetimg would have been a big swerve in normal circumstances, Stay well gents n we will find the winners.
    US racing is good for me…very rarely tip anything but for small stakes n if its goung to end up ” lockdown” i will share an you can be sure its no guessing game,
    Cant promise lots of $s but. ;)

  4. azzthewigan 10 months ago

    cheers recoba

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