4-1 SHAMROCK WINNER: Shamrock’s bet on Ashton Rose (WON 4-1) and his lay, Bawaardi (unplaced 9-1), put him well in front at Dundalk last night but he could have done with a bit more umph from Breathless Kiss (2nd 20-1), beaten only half a length in the big sprint.

Laganbank looks a lay-down. He’s the one on form. He’s the one on the heavy ground. He’s the one at the trip.

I make him a banker despite the big weight at Galway (4.00), since he’s already beaten Virgil Earp out of sight and the 6lb concession to locally-trained Just For Joe should not be a problem.

I’m sticking with the No 1 on the card, with that grand mare Burnt Oil Babe (5.05), a brilliant jumper out of soft ground.

But top spot, though deserved on the book, looks presumptious for Made In Taipan (3.25), with his new yard, Tony Martin’s, in modest form (0-43) right now.

The Ballybrit Novice Chase (4.35) is hot but I think you can take out Westmeath on the ground and front-runner Regal D’Estruval will need some to flag or fall behind him if he’s going to stay out on his own in the muddy conditions.

Foildubh is another front-runner, which suggests that stamina will be the decider between Ainama and Sweeps Hill, whose stable won it last year. I like Ainama.

If you cursor back through the archives, you’ll see (on October 11) that my Ballydoyle Dozen, entries for the Racing Post Trophy, had Camelot only sixth and Learn in eighth.

Since then, they’ve talked of nothing but Camelot so I’m bound to take his side in what looks a moderate contest for the race (3.00 Doncaster).

NAP: Laganbank (4.00 Galway)
NEXT BEST: Camelot (3.00 Doncaster)
DAQ YANKEE: Camelot (3.00 Doncaster), Laganbank (4.00 Galway), Ainama (4.35 Galway), Burnt Oil Babe (5.05 Galway)

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