Dance a jig for Irish Reel in Roscommon

I know that it’s a cliché but I really will be able to tell the grandchildren that I was lucky enough to be there after watching Frankel destroy the opposition in last week’s Juddmonte International at York.

I know that it’s a cliché but I really will be able to tell the grandchildren that I was lucky enough to be there after watching Frankel destroy the opposition in last week’s Juddmonte International at York.

This is definitely the best horse that I am likely to see in my lifetime and the way that he quickened away from his rivals in the final furlong was simply awesome.

Don’t forget that the second and third, Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey, are two top-class horses in their own right with the former now having been placed in four consecutive Group 1 races, finding only Frankel too powerful the last two times, and St Nich was an easy winner of the Coronation Cup earlier in the season.

By the way I doff my hat to anyone who backed Farhh at 12-1 in a Newmarket handicap off a mark of 90 last season as he must have been the biggest certainty of all time based on his subsequent exploits!

It might not be quite the same grade but I liked the way Harry Rogers’ Irish Reel made all to win a 1m 1f handicap at Tipperary last week with jockey Chris Hayes not having to get too serious with the five-year-old to master Circle, trained by Aidan O’Brien, by a length and a quarter.

After that success her Co Louth trainer mentioned the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap at Roscommon on Monday and I’m just hoping that my selection gets similar ground to the prevailing soft to heavy surface at Tipperary in which she appeared to thrive.

She certainly wasn’t winning out of turn as she had been in the first four on her previous seven outings, including when just getting reeled in (no pun intended) in the last 100 yards by Cheval Rouge on her penultimate start at this same venue.

I’ve already mentioned the ground but I really must stress that I think a real nice cut is very important to her as her one previous career victory came on heavy ground and if she gets it, I think she has an excellent chance of following up.

I’m also hoping that Glenstar runs in Thursday evening’s Ross Golf Club Novice Chase at Killarney as before his recent win at Tramore, trainer John Ryan was never able to get him right last season.

The Revoque gelding was allowed to go off the 4-1 outsider of three but proved those odds all wrong under a typically competent Davy Russell ride to outpoint Gimli’s Rock by two and three quarter lengths.

It was soft ground at Tramore, the same as Killarney at time of writing, but I don’t think it will matter if underfoot conditions do improve by the time of the race as being by Revoque, you’d imagine that he’d be better suited by better ground.

This fellow has some decent form to his name behind the likes of Bog Warrior and Mount Benbulben and was third to Kid Cassidy in a novice hurdle at last year’s Punchestown Festival and I expect him to make up into a very decent chaser.

If ever there has been a driver for the horses for courses theory in Formula 1 it is Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix and he is currently an 11-2 chance to secure an amazing fifth success since his first visit in 2000 at the iconic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

A lot will depend upon whether the Lotus man can get a good grid position but the Finn seems to handle the tough high-speed corners better than most other drivers as well as getting into a fine rhythm which allows him to get quick times on the long laps.

Selections

Thursday, Killarney 6.55pm - Glenstar

Sunday, Belgium 1pm - Kimi Raikkonen to win the Belgian Grand Prix

Monday, Roscommon 5.35pm - Irish Reel