POLITICIANS are often accused of only remembering their policies that work and I suppose it is the same for tipsters as I never seem to mention a previous week’s selection unless it has won!
So well done to Hidden Cyclone for replenishing our wallets at Listowel’s Harvest Festival last Friday and a big thank you to his trainer Shark Hanlon, who is also big in stature and personality, for exuding confidence when I spoke to him the previous Monday.
Shark was talking about running his winner in the Paddy Power Gold Cup after his latest success which brought it home to me just how close we are to the ‘proper’ Jumps season and our race at Cheltenham is now less than two months’ away.
I know that I’m highly biased but I really do consider this ‘Gold Cup’ as the start of the jumping campaign and even though I only really know of one other intended runner in Martin Keighley’s Champion Court, that one and Hidden Cyclone are enough to have me salivating already!
By his high standards John Oxx hasn’t had the best of seasons but the master trainer was philosophical after My Titania looked a class act at Leopardstown on Irish Champion Stakes day and I think she can follow up in the C.L.Weld Park Stakes at The Curragh this Sunday.
My selection was quality on the last day when justifying heavy market support to break her maiden at the second time of asking in comfortable fashion by two and a quarter lengths from Afternoon Sunlight and I think this daughter of the Curragh trainer’s superstar Sea The Stars could be the real deal.
After that victory Oxx explained that his horses had been very flat due to a virus in the yard, but he didn’t have many good three-year-olds anyway and even if they had stripped fitter, they wouldn’t have performed in the way that he has been accustomed in recent seasons.
But the scholarly-looking trainer was bullish about his juveniles saying ‘we have a nice crop’ and this one could be a genuine Guineas filly in the making. She seemed to enjoy the step up to seven furlongs at the Dublin track, the same distance as Sunday’s event, and it will take a fine female to lower her colours.
I like to stick with winning formulae so I asked ‘Shark’ on Monday what his best chance of the week after Wednesday was and he came up with It’s All An Act in a bumper at Perth on Thursday.
The Carlow wizard told me: “He had one run last year [when fourth] but I would say that the race didn’t do him justice as he was still weak.
“He won at Perth last time and I’d say he’ll improve for the run and I think that he will collect as he is a nice horse.”
That’s good enough for me, although my worry is that he’ll be a bit short as he was odds-on last time, but hopefully one of those nice English trainers will take him on with a good horse and boost his odds a bit.
Turning to the footy I appreciate that Manchester City didn’t get off to the best of Premier League starts and you could argue that arch rivals United suffered a severe body blow on Sunday when thrashed by the former with star man Robin Van Persie unavailable.
But I can’t be having that as City were completely dominant in the first half and while Van Persie, who is almost the perfect footballer, may well have added a goal or even two, City would still have won. Get on City at a current 7-4 to win the league.
Time of reading Manchester City to win the Premier League; Thursday Perth 6.05pm It’s All An Act; Sunday The Curragh 3.45pm My Titania