Three Saturday Selections

By Killian
Gowran 3:50
The PWC Champion Chase has attracted a quality field, including last year’s Ryanair Chase winner Balko Des Flos. If he runs to his mark he should win, but he faces stiff opposition and might just need the run. Woodland Opera makes considerable appeal at around the 12/1 mark. He is race fit and beat Peregrine Run at Killarney last time over 3 miles. Today he drops back to 2m 4f. However, there should be plenty of pace and I think he can sneak into the places. A Toi Phil won last year’s renewal, beating Balko Des Flos and Ballycasey, but was race fit. I am looking forward to watching the race and it marks the start of the proper jumps season.

Gowran 4:50
Kings Song is my NAP for the day. He won very impressively on his first start for Gordon Elliot at Punchestown last October over today’s trip. He was then strongly fancied for the Cork National but ran a very disappointing race. Kings Song then lost his form for a while. However he won twice at Perth over the summer and looks back to his best. Davy Russell takes the ride in what looks a very winnable race. Freewheelin Dylan looks the biggest threat and is fairly unexposed. Kings Song trades at 3/1 and he will probably go off a fair bit shorter.

8:45 Wolverhampton
Sauchiehall Street caught my eye in the lucky last. The horse is a winner over C&D and all his best form is in the all-weather. A line can be drawn through his last run where the heavy ground at Ffos Las was completely unsuitable. This looks a poor race, where True North is the favourite. Despite the best efforts to get True North well handicapped he has only won once. True North ran over 4 furlongs which is a long way from 1m 4f. I think he is a weak favourite and Sauchiehall Street could turn him over. There has already been market support, now at 3s from an opening 5/1.1002126-366282.jpg

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