Side with Silk

JAMIE SPENCER can guide the once-raced Silk And Scarlet to victory in the Listed Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

The one worry is that she is badly drawn in ten, so hopefully Spencer will have her out and away in the proverbial flash!

The daughter of Sadler’s Wells had future winner written all over her when starting off on this track last month.

Very light in the market, she tried to make all, but wilted in the closing stages to be beaten two lengths into second place by Con Collins’ well-touted Chelsea Rose.

Dropping down a furlong in trip and with that experience under her belt, Silk And Scarlet gets the vote.

If the handicapper is right then Cache Creek, with a minimum of 5lbs in hand of all of her rivals, will win the Vodafone Live Race.

She landed a handicap in a canter at Roscommon recently and obviously has to be respected. Preference, however, is for Cobra, like Silk And Scarlet the mount of Jamie Spencer for Aidan O’Brien, despite the fact he is 10lbs wrong.

Cobra made no show in the Irish Derby behind Grey Swallow, but previously made a cracking reappearance when third to Medicinal and subsequent winner, Grand Passion, at Leopardstown and had Cache Creek, only 4lbs better in, three and a half lengths away in fourth spot.

Fandango Dancer, possibly not the bravest of horses, should carry too many guns for his rivals in the moderate Business Is Better With Vodafone Maiden.

Dermot Weld trains Fandango Dancer and he supplies the nap in the shape of Upperville in the Michael Moriarty Memorial Maiden at Killarney.

She showed much improved form at Limerick last time, finishing a creditable third to Perfecto and Spring Opera. The Selkirk filly galloped all the way to the line and moving up another five furlongs now can only work in her favour!

Liberman, successful in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last year, is her most interesting challenger.

Trained by Martin Pipe then, he subsequently completely lost his form when sent over hurdles and is back in the colours of former owner, Pat O’Donovan, and in the care of Tom Mullins.

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