The frustrating Deep Speed can finally enjoy a turn, and land the nap in the process, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden at Dundalk tonight.
Unraced as a juvenile, Paul Hickey’s colt has never been out of the first four in five outings, but worryingly has finished runner-up on three occasions.
Add in the fact that this seven furlongs is certainly short of his best distance and you begin to wonder why one fancies him in the first place!
But it is all relative and logic dictates that the son of Invincible Spirit looks the best horse in the field and seems equipped with sufficient pace to offset any worries regarding the trip.
His latest appearance saw him beaten half a length into second by Ger Lyons’ Snow Scene over an extended ten furlongs on this track twelve days ago.
He ran far too freely for his own good, at least in the early stages, and it will be no surprise now if Joseph O’Brien, intelligent lad that he is, allows Deep Speed to bowl along from the start.
Michael Halford’s once-raced Iontas is the choice in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.
She is also by Invincible Spirit and caught the eye on her debut at the Curragh, despite only finishing tenth of 18, behind Dermot Weld’s impressive newcomer, Tested.
The selection enjoyed less than a clear run in the closing stages, in a contest that has been working out quite nicely.
Michael Butler’s Carvelas should go close in the concluding Ireland V England Stablestaff Soccer International Handicap.
The Cape Cross gelding ran with a lot of promise when fourth of 22 behind Ancient Sands at the Curragh last time.
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