Dermot Weld, the former master of Ballybrit, is having a very slow week, but Knowing You could help him with that on Thursday.
Knowing You is one that could well be ahead of her mark as she has only run six times in her career, winning two races at the end of last season. On both occasions she looked potentially smart beating Roisin Box in a fillies handicap at the Listowel festival and Invincible Ryker over seven furlongs at Leopardstown.
This season she has yet to reach the winners enclosure, but she has excuses for her last two runs at Gowran Park. Two runs back she was checked badly and was given an easy time of it late on and last time, she missed the start on ground and trip that would not have suited.
It’s her first run of the season that somewhat proves she may be “well in” here. At Leopardstown, Xenobia beat her off a mark of 87. That horse has gone on to win in the meantime off a mark of 99, and only gave Knowing You two pounds that day for a two lengths beating. In hindsight, that was a huge run.
Going up in trip will suit, the talented Oisin Orr takes off three pounds and the addition of headgear may well help her focus. She has a big chance in a winnable race, even from stall 12.
Selection: Knowing You, E/W.
Ruby Walsh might not agree having gone for Max Dynamite, but I genuinely think Whiskey Sour takes a lot of beating in the Galway Hurdle.
This is a Grade One winner, who is only 5 pounds higher than when 3rd in a typically hot County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and showed his wellbeing last time when running a huge race behind Lagostovegas at Royal Ascot.
Last season, Whiskey Sour held impeccable company and more than held his own against the likes of Samcro, Draconien and Dortmund Park in big races. He always runs his race and more importantly, he loves Galway.
Last season he won both the Amateur Derby and the Guinness Handicap at the Galway Festival in devastating fashion. He adores the place.
Of course, the likes of Max Dynamite (Jumping issues), Le Richebourg (Beaten by Whiskey Sour by 19 lengths) and Davids Charm are only three horses who could go well, but I don’t think any of them have achieved what Whiskey Sour has. Off 146, Whiskey Sour has a big one still in him.
For those of you looking for a bigger price, I think Project Bluebook could run a huge race at decent odds.
Off a three-pound higher mark, Project Bluebook was an epic fourth in the Fred Winter last season, won a Grade Two at Fairyhouse and ran a huge race to finish sixth in this race last year.
He runs off a six pounds lower mark this year, seems to have been plotted up for this and crucially is a year older and stronger.
He’s worth an each-way bet in a race he should run well in again.
Selections: Whiskey Sour 7/1; Project Bluebook 16/1, E/W
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