Preview of day three of the July festival at Bellewstown

By Luke

Day three gets underway with the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden. Marchons Ensemble had a luckless trip round on debut when finishing second. He was short of room and then ran on strongly to finish a fast finishing second. This son of Pour Moi will have learned from the experience and I think he will be hard to beat at 6/4.

Race two is the Newgrange Motor Centre Claiming Race over seven furlongs. Yuften looks very hard to oppose. He was last seen finishing sixth at Bellewstown on Wednesday when not having the clearest of runs in what was a stronger race than this. This will be his second start for the Ado McGuiness team. Prior to his run on Wednesday he won at Limerick beating Tennessee Waltz who will line up again. With a clearer passage through the race I think he will win at 6/5.

Race three is the Irish Mirror Maiden over five furlongs. Ger Lyons’ newcomer looks of interest. Ger’s horses have been running well of late including a treble on Derby day at the Curragh on Saturday. I think Helen Of Albany can get her head infront in this weak maiden at 2/1.

Race four is the Meath Farm Machinery Handicap over five furlongs. Wild Bob Cat was last seen finishing second to Sweetest Taboo at Tipperary last month. On that occasion Sweetest Taboo was receiving seventeen pounds, she now only receives ten pounds which I think will be enough to turn the tables. Wild Bob Cat is still an improving three year old filly and has the inform Niall McCullagh in the saddle. I think she will go close at 6/1.

Race five is the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre Ladies Day Handicap over one mile and a half. Lizard Point has been in good form of late finishing second and third in his last two outings. On his penultimate start he finished second behind Blankiedoodie at Gowran, since Blankiedoodie has boosted the form by winning twice since. I think he will run another good race at 9/1.

Race six is the Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle. Mutadaffeq represents Gavin Cromwell with Jonathan Moore in the saddle. He has good form over hurdles winning and finishing third recently. He won well at Cork beating Popong by two lengths and it was a further eight lengths back to the third. Popong has since came out and won well in a Rated Novice Hurdle at Roscommon. I think if he can recapture that form he will run well at 5/1.

Race seven is the Kitchen Restaurant At The Thatch Novice Hurdle for four year olds. Act Of God made it a winning debut on Irish soil when winning his Maiden Hurdle at Tramore back in May. This son of Camelot was racing in France before being brought to Ireland and put in training with Edward O’Grady. Since winning over hurdles he has has a run on the flat. He finished third not beaten far. The winner has since came out and won at Bellewstown and the second has finished a close second over hurdle. I think he will be very hard to beat at 9/4.

The final race on the card is the Anglo Printers Handicap hurdle. Thecraicisninety sets the standard here. He has run twice this season and finished runner up on both occasions. Those two runs came over fences and is subsequently well in over hurdles compared to his handicap mark of 124 over fences he runs off 108 over hurdles. If he can transfer his form from fences to hurdles he will be very hard to beat at 9/4.

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