Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mike de Kock should buy this one from Ballydoyle

An Ghalanta came out second for a winning recommendation. Obviously, she's still a maiden having found one better again, and justified my reluctance to advise her as a Win; there isn't any certainty about fillies (and colts) that are always at the finish but never on top.

On Thursday, Famous Name looks to add another Group 3 to his name in the 19:30 race at Leopardstown. He re-opposes Jan Vermeer whom he thrashed last time but this time the condtions are different since the Ballydoyle colt has had more time to recuperate from his last race. I expect a closer match-up. Jan Vermeer seems to be yet again one of those very talented colts that unfortunately get ruined by their handler. Think Archipenko, King's Rome, Eagle Mountain, Golden Sword... Maybe Mike de Kock should buy this one too and make him a winner. Hard to believe that Jan Vermeer was last season's Derby favourite. Having him as pacemaker for So You Think in the Prince of Wales was a travesty to his abilities.

The dark horse in the race is Dunboyne Express who's coming back from a honourable 4th in the Irish Derby. Famous Name as a Place is the safe recommendation. If some of you fancy some risk with good returns, Jan Vermeer as Place looks very good value.

Place: Famous Name

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