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Sweet Molly Malone could prove to be on a very good rating based on her pedigree, and what her siblings have achieved.
Though this is only a five runner race, it appears to be a good one, with all five having a decent enough chance. Of the five, I like the form of NAVAL COMMANDER, trained by Robyn Brisland.
I feel like he could be much better than his mark of 88, and can do better this year, than what he managed last year. The form of his 6th at Sandown has worked out really well, with the 2nd, 4th, and 5th all winning since, with a few others in behind running some big races. For that run, he was dropped 1lb, which was quite strange as it was a good run, and it got an RPR of 92, however we'll take it, as it makes his task today slightly easier.
Prior to that run at Sandown, he had ran a few nice races, finishing behind some nice horses, such as Berlin Tango, who beat Pyledriver earlier last season. He also finished behind New World Tapestry who has since been placed in a Group 3.
James Doyle takes the ride, which is obviously a good jockey booking for a small yard like Robyn Brisland's.
He is entered into the Royal Cup for Royal Ascot next week, but even with a win here he'll struggle getting into that race, as he is probably 12lbs shy of getting a chance. With that being said, the fact he's entered in that race is a good indicator of how highly they rate this horse. Another thing to note is that he has been gelded since his last run, which should hopefully bring out further improvements.
The lack of a run will put a lot of people off, but he won after 135 days off the track, and ran well on debut last February, so fingers crossed he will be in good condition.
This looks a nice race for the grade, with a few of them on good marks and could potentially prove to be a lot better than what we've seen so far. SWEET MOLLY MALONE is my fancy for this, as I think the step up in trip should bring out a lot of improvement.
This Daughter of American Pharoah is related to some quality middle distance horses, including Irish Oaks winner, Bracelet, as well as Athena and Goddess who have all won Group races. Her pedigree suggests that the step up in trip will suit, with the Dam staying 10f+, and America Pharoah stayed 12f.
She arguably raced on the wrong side of the track last time at Cork, as the race was split into two groups. Sweet Molly Malone managed to win on her side (3rd), but it probably was advantageous to be on the other side, as the 1st, 2nd and 4th finished on the opposite side. The form has produced a few winners, but nothing spectacular. She was staying on quite strongly that day, which is a good indicator this step up in trip will be a benefit.
Aidan's horses generally come on for their first runs, so hopefully we'll see an improved version of Sweet Molly Malone today, with this being her second run of the season.
She still holds an entry in the Irish Oaks, so they must feel like she has some ability of the middle distance trips.
13:35 Haydock - Race: 4
13:40 York - Race: 2
13:45 Listowel - Race: 3