Navan staging a jumping card can surely mean the winter is near, even if they were watering at the track this week!
If there is one place colder than Dundalk racecourse of an evening, it is Navan of an afternoon. Both bring Baltic to a new level, yet there is something utterly endearing about the hardship of it all.
In truth, it is not an overly appealing card, but Navan will certainly offer some nice opportunities over the winter. The Flat card at Gowran on Saturday is more promising.
Song Of The Sky, like Best Not Argue, left John Murphy to join Joseph O'Brien and the chances are Best Not Argue can be similarly successful for a trainer making remarkable progress.
She did not seem especially well-fancied at Roscommon on her debut for the barn, and she was a long way off the pace for much of the race, but basically ended up winning really readily, and a 9lb rise will hardly stop her here.
The draw in ten is no big deal and if she gets remotely handy in the opening stages it is hard to see anything beating her.
It is the guts of a year since George Webb had a winner but he is more than capable and Cosmic Symbol has a massive chance here.
He is a course-and-distance winner and that is massively important at Gowran, which is one of the more unique tracks.
Cosmic Symbol essentially “ran into one” at Listowel last time, the John Murtagh-trained Prosecution belatedly producing a performance befitting his talents.
Cosmic Symbol tracked the winner all the way and gave him a race, while he has a low draw here which is a major help.
Andrew Slattery is fine value for his 7lb claim, the ground has come right for the Amadeus Wolf gelding and he has won off a 5lb higher rating.
Eddie Harty would love to have more horses by Germany, such as another Captain Cee Bee, who was a hero for the stable.
Advantage Point is a promising horse, too, and he has a major chance here under Andrew Lynch, who rides for the first time.
After beating Batcio at Punchestown – form that the runner-up advertised nicely by winning by 13 lengths at Kilbeggan – he probably needed the experience of his Galway maiden hurdle outing in August, the winner (Triplicate) following up since, too.
He can be a little bit keen, but he will be likely better in that regard with experience.
The comments in running of Consharon Boy at Listowel are all you need to know. “Chased clear leaders, took closer order in 3rd after 6th, improved to 2nd after 8th, 3rd at 10th, reins broke and rider lost iron approaching three out where unseated.”
This horse looks quite well-treated for the excellent Terence O’Brien, while the drop in trip from 3m to 2m4f will be probably in his favour.
Generally he jumps well, he likes this terrain and he was well-fancied in Listowel, a race probably no better than this.