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It was a shame to see Ibn Aldar not run a better race in the opener at Kempton, but my disappointment soon left my body when Frankie gave Tamarama a peach of a ride from the front from stall 10 to steal the race and school his fellow jockeys. Some ride. He didn't go to Kempton for nothing; we all knew it deep down.
Leopardstown 6:30 – Moon De Vega 11/4 (1pt PaddyPower/WilliamHill/BetVictor)
It's very clear that I am a big fan of Paddy Twomey, and I often do get bogged down with some of his runners as I am such a big fan of his, but I think the odds on his filly, Moon De Vega are quite insulting and she is surely the play in the race at the current odds.
I was expecting her to be the market favourite, but not terribly short. Still, I felt like her recent dominant victory would get punters supporting her as it what normally happens with a Twomey horse, especially one who he has acquired from another yard and got them winning straight away, so to see odds of 11/4 floating around definitely caught my attention. Yeah, she might not have beaten a great level of horses, but if you look at the calibre of horses she is running against today, they don't look amazing, other than Kerkiyra who is 101 rated and Salt Lake City who is still unexposed and is making her first start as a 3yo after a decent campaign as a juvenile.
However, I thought the run by Moon De Vega on stable debut on the back of a 154-day absence was one of intent and looked like a filly to follow through into Class 1 races. She brushed aside the Aga Khan Dermot Weld trained horse with ease and that horse was receiving 9lbs and had previously run to an RPR of 98 on debut. On that performance, she is the one to beat as she could progress further and might not have been fully ready first time out.
Leopardstown - 6:30 pm