SHAMROCK LANDS HIS 20th WINNING NAP WITH FLASHY APPROACH WON 6/4: Shamrock made it 20 winning naps from the last 33 (60%) with the debutant FLASHY APPROACH (NAP) WON 6/4 last night at Gowran Park
Feels odd, napping a newcomer, but I was delighted to see Flashy Approach win well last night.
99% of the time I prefer to go on proven form but last night I just wanted to be against long time maiden Wexford Opera and Flashy Approach looked a likely sort on paper.
That’s made it 20 winning naps from the last 33 but I’ve yet to get more than 4 in a row.
The sequence now reads:
We’re now 20 winning NAPS from the last 33….
Tue 23 April MOYLE PARK (NAP) WON 7/4
Fri 26 April UN DE SCEAUX (NAP) WON 5/4
Sat 27 April DIAKALI (NAP) WON EVENS
Sun 28 April SHARP CRISP AIR (NAP) 2nd
Tue 30 April KANDINSKI (NAP) 2nd
Wed 1 May STUCCODOR (NAP) WON EVENS
Thu 2 May BAINNE (PLACE NAP) unplaced
Fri 3 May MAJENTA (NAP) WON 100/30
Sat 4 May LIVING NEXT DOOR (NAP) WON 8/11
Sun 5 May HOLD THE LINE (NAP) WON 4/11
Mon 6 May MICHAELMAS (NAP) WON 2/9
Tue 7 May MAGICAL DREAM (NAP) 2nd
Wed 8 May SALHOODA (NAP) unplaced
Thu 9 May RULER OF THE WORLD (NAP) WON 10/11
Fri 10 May GHAAMER (NAP) WON 1/3
Sat 11 May CITY SLICKER (NAP) WON 13/8
Sun 12 May DUNTLE (NAP) WON 8/13
Mon 13 May AFATCAT (PLACE NAP) unplaced
Tue 14 May SECRET RECIPE (NAP) WON 5/2
Wed 15 May HANKY PANKY (NAP) WON 6/4
Thu 16 May WRONG TURN (NAP) fell
Fri 17 May DANCING ROE (NAP) 2nd
Sat 18 May NABAT ALI (NAP) 2nd
Sun 19 May ACTING TALENT (NAP) 3rd
Wed 22 May ZABANA (NAP) WON 13/8
Thu 23 May FAUSTINA PIUS (NAP) unplaced
Fri 24 May REGUSCI (NAP) fell
Sat 25 May COACH HOUSE (NAP) WON 6/4
Sun 26 May LEADING LIGHT (NAP) WON 4/6
Mon 27 May SALHOODA (NAP) WON 3/10
Tue 28 May REBEL FITZ (NAP) WON 8/13
Wed 29 May OURBEAUTFULDREAM (NAP) unplaced
Thu 30 May FLASHY APPROACH (NAP) WON 6/4
* On missing days there was either no Irish racing OR the NAP was a non runner
It’s the start of a huge weekend at Epsom for the Irish raiders with of course Dawn Approach bidding for Derby glory on Saturday.
In the Oaks today Aidan O’Brien relies on two runners Moth and Say to try and repeat his success of last season with Was who started at 20/1.
It looks an open renewal but Secret Gesture fully deserves her place at the top of the market after her runaway 10 length success in the Lingfield Oaks Trial. The contours of Lingfield are about as close as you can get to the idiosyncratic Epsom course but it would be wise not to get too carried away with that form. The Lingfield Oaks Trial (and Derby Trial for that matter) often throw up big margin winners and it looked a weak race on the day.
I think Moth has a great chance. She finished third to Sky Lantern in the 1000 Guineas despite her lack of experience and the form took a huge boost when runner-up Just The Judge won the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday. She went into many peoples Oaks notebooks after that race and I really do think she’ll stay the trip well and also brings the best form to the table.
Say, is harder to quantify but stormed home by nine lengths at Cork to lose her maiden tag over this trip – however she was 1/6 and only had three rivals to beat.
She’s worthy of interest in the BETDAQ place market – currently just over 3/1.
NAP: Moth (4.00 Epsom)
PLACE: Say (4.00 Epsom)
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