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With Rizzel taking unwell I’ve been asked to cover Sunday's card. I wish Rizzel a quick return! I seen late last night that both myself and Rizzel had gone for Funambule Sivola.
I'm honestly not sure what happened. It looked like Charlie didn’t give him a proper rattle in the straight, because from what I seen he was picking them off round the bend and wasn’t travelling that badly.
The cameraman of course concentrated on the front 3/4 but when I heard the commentary that he faded into around 9 place I was shocked. I’m assuming he was eased down to finish so far down the pack because not a lot else was travelling in behind.
Sunday's card is pretty dire despite a grade 1 from Naas. I’ve decided to stick to the Naas meeting and I have gone for 2 selections.
I think GEVREY is being slightly over looked in the market at 11/2. Now gone handicapping he has potential to be a decent sort.
He didn’t really show much over obstacles however in his previous few rides he’s shown enough to suggest he’s capable of winning or at least going close in this sort of grade.
He comes into this low grade contest as one of the younger horses. Davy Russell rides and I think he stands every chance at a nice price.
Main danger looks the HDB runner ridden by Rachel Blackmore, Alice Avril who would of went close last time out hadn’t she had a bad mistake. She wears first time hood and tongue tie tomorrow.
My last selection comes from the grade 1 at Naas.
It’s worth noting Gordon Elliot has a great record in this race winning 3 of the previous 5 renewals and unless there’s a massive upset he seems to hold the cards again with GINTO and Hollow Games.
I found it hard to choose between the two and both are pretty much neck and neck in the market but I’ve sided with Ginto. It’ll be interesting to see how the market fairs over night and right up to the off.
The piece of form that caught my eye and swerved me more Ginto's direction was his destruction of Eric Bloodaxe at the start of December. Eric Bloodaxe is no push over. After that loss to Ginto, Eric Bloodaxe went on to land a grade 2 at Limerick so that tells me right away that this Ginto is a decent sort.
After re-watching that match up between the two, Ginto showed signs of inexperience. But the fact he’s still bolted up whilst being slightly awkward tells me that when and if he gets his act together he will be a very good horse.
Experience will come with more races and If he’s learnt from that previous run (which you’d like to think he has) you’d feel you’re in with a chance of being in the money with this one.
Forecast ground is heavy from what I’m reading. Connections feel both Ginto and Hollow Games are versatile ground wise so it may come down to who handles it better.
17:30 Newcastle - Race: 4
18:00 Newcastle - Race: 5
18:30 Newcastle - Race: 6