Paul Jacobs’ 4 High-Value Sunday Picks

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As you would expect for a nursery at this time of year it looks like a real conundrum with most of them having their first race in a handicap and therefore unexposed and to complicate matters several d of them try a seventh yard for the first time in their careers. .

As for In The Storm which was brought in slowly by its crafty trainer (drawn in fours) and Chuck Taylor (perhaps better further back in time), the nod goes to runner Richard Fahey, HAVE THE SECRET. A son of Havana Gold, he too will enjoy further dissection of his stamina over time, but if they have hell for leather here on ground that will only get softer, that stamina gene will only play even more.

I loved how this chestnut colt stuck to his guns on his last two starts over seven and a half furlongs (Beverley) and six at Pontefract, two much steeper tracks than Chester, but on both occasions the peloton did not progress at all. . There are plenty of their eight rivals who like to be at the forefront and I expect the selection to make late forays into the final stretch. Dropped a pound at odds of 105 here this run should have given him an advantage and he poses the value alternative to John Ryan’s runner who might be worth having a saver in this big field

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Some remaining well exposed in the lineup for this handicap hurdle and that makes last time out winners Perceval Legallois and Ramondo Dnzeo very interesting. The last named would be my favorite of the duo as he finally got the quick run he needs and he went home enough under Donagh Meyler hitting the line really hard, good ground is perfect for him.

However, I think Libertarian’s son will be pretty short on the market and I’d rather go out on a branch and have a one-sided play on selection.

Sure to be a gigantic prize, the eight-year-old FILL THE TANK is only one in nine on the wood, but still quite lightly raced for a horse of his age. After an 111-day break, he rode a promising run at Kilbeggan earlier in the month when an eleven-and-a-half sixth from 14 at Waitnsee. This end result doesn’t tell the whole story however as the selection was predominant throughout, jumping well and only relented when the lack of tough conditions showed the penultimate flight approaching.

Dropped a pound at odds of 105 here this run should have given him an edge and he lays the value alternative to John Ryan’s runner who might be worth having a saver in this big handicap on the ground.

This valuable seven-stadia Ahonoora Handicap sees several of the protagonists who ran in the race last year return and also a number of entries having their second race of the week, which seems to be the fashion at the Galway Festival.

2021 winner Current Option looks to have defended his title well with a strong one mile run earlier in the week and with Cian MacRedmond taking 5lbs off his back, in real terms he is defending his title on a 6lb note lower, so his luck is there for all to see and his draw in stall 13 is pretty fair. It might just be worthy of a saver behind my main selection, SIRJACK THOMAS who was three and three-quarters behind the winner last year in fifth place despite being off the pace in the 15-rider field that day.

He finished four and a half lengths behind Current Option in that same extended mile contest this week but was badly hampered at the start that day and once his chance ran out Mikey Sheehy was relatively easy on him as they were going home. This has obviously been the plan since last year and he too is 6 pounds lighter than in 2021 and has a much better draw in stall five. I imagine he will be at the end of the race if he wins something like a clear run through the contest and improves from last year.

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This extended mile and a quarter handicap looks very competitive for this class four level and there should be plenty of pace too. With rain forecast through Saturday and to a lesser extent Sunday, only ground-loving bids should really apply.

Natchez Trace received a real chance from the handicapper at a mark of 69 and ran very well over a quarter mile more last month when he had just found the only pace in the closing stages behind Cogital. Cormier returns to the flat after the last run at the level almost a year ago. He’s most likely to benefit from a steady pace and Harry Russell takes off 3 pounds, bringing his mark down to a very viable 77.

But NO BABY is the one that really catches the eye. With a record just fresh (here comes from a 99 day break) all of his best form came with at least some digging in the ground and his recent numbers on the track read 23324. Placed up to 81 during this course run , the selection I set myself to only run 75 here and her chance is there for everyone to see in the in-form form of Daniel Muscutt.

Paul Jacobs’ advice on horse racing

13:50 Chester – Having a secret
2.30pm Galway – Fill the tank (each way)
16:10 Galway – Sirjack Thomas
5:00 p.m. Chester – Small Steps

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