Sam Martin Sunday Tips 21/03/21
Captain Chaos clear the water in splendid isolation (photo copyright JTW Equine Images)
Well, wasn’t Cheltenham awesome? Rachael Blackmore stole the show; Shishkin and Monkfish enhanced their reputations and Minella Indo triumphed in the Gold Cup.
The racing this Sunday is definitely not as good but I’ve had a look at one Irish race this Sunday from the Curragh and one from Chepstow and Carlisle.
Flat racing fans are coming out of hibernation this weekend for the first flat meeting at the Curragh in 2021 and the day kicks off with a two-year-old maiden race. Aidan O’Brien sends out his first runner for ninety-six days and that is Cadamosto – and Ryan Moore is in Ireland to ride! This colt’s dam won in October 2015 as a two-year-old and he is by sprinting sensation No Nay Never. Cadamosto is bred for speed and he will be one of these typical early types of O’Brien’s. In 2020, Aidan O’Brien was second in the race with Lipizzaner, who was beaten by Poetic Flare, of Jim Bolger’s. He has two in the line-up with Freedom Of Speech possibly preferred – she is by Australia and out of a mare that won on her first lifetime start, which was over six furlongs. She gets weight from the colts but I am going to side with Cadamosto, as he is by a proven sire. Satin Snake is looking to get Aclaim’s stallion career of to a flying start as he is the sire’s first son or daughter to grace the racetrack. He’s out of a one mile four and a half furlong winner but she also produced Staxton, a Great St Wilfrid winner, and five furlong specialist Classic Pursuit. It will be interesting to see how this horse goes. The first runner for Carravagio also takes their chance in this in this. He was a ridiculously fast horse and connections will be hoping Silver Surfer is too. His dam won five times at three and Donnacha O’Brien trains this roan colt.
Selection – Cadamosto (6/4)
A maximum field of sixteen runners are set to go to post for this novice hurdle. Kayley Woollacott has two runners in the race. Enormouse was well beaten on his first two starts under rules but he ran very well last time at 125/1 behind a more experienced Dan Skelton horse. The third placed horse has won well since and Enormouse has Ben Godfrey taking off a valuable 5lbs. The yard also has Lady Ellie, who has run just the once and was a little bit out of her depth. However, I think the winner will be Es Perfecto. This horse just hung on at Warwick on his hurdles debut but, unfortunately, fell next time at Exeter. He was beaten just seven and a half lengths by Bravemansgame at Newbury and that horse has won a grade one since and was third in the Ballymore. At Newbury last time, Es Perfecto was very keen but, in all, travelled very well for a long way in a really competitive handicap hurdle over three miles. He drops in trip here but I think he can get his second win over obstacles.
Selection – Es Perfecto (11/8)
Captain Chaos (Photo copyright JTW Equine Images)
It is intriguing to see that connections have entered Captain Chaos into this Veterans Chase after he was a brilliant winner at Ascot last time in a competitive listed handicap chase. This is only a small field and it seems as though he could just dictate from the front. He’s the joint-youngest here and the Skeltons’ horses probably didn’t run as well as they anticipated at Cheltenham, apart from Nube Negra, but they had a double at Stratford on Monday. The rest of the field are good horses too and Smooth Stepper has been fifth three times this season and they were in a veterans’ chase, the Becher Chase over the National fences and in the Peter Marsh. This race is definitely easier but he’s 4lbs higher than his last winning mark, which came in the Grand National Trial at Haydock in 2020. Late Romantic was a NR in the Kim Muir and he won a veterans’ race in December, three starts ago. My Old Gold has only completed two of her four starts this season but she has run against good horses. Gardefort would be a good winner as he’s owned by Venetia Williams’ stable staff and ran well last time. Duke Debarry has obviously had some problems but won when last seen 514 days ago.
Selection – Captain Chaos (9/4)
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