Fireglow to Burn Bright In Lancashire Oaks
Charlie Appleby spoke yesterday about his hopes that Endless Time can defy a 258-day lay off and claim the Lancashire Oaks on Saturday and she is the 3/1 favourite for the Group Two.
However, this has not been a happy hunting ground for favourites with only two winning in the last decade and on this occasion it is Fireglow that looks overpriced at 9/1.
There’s £93,000 on offer for this intriguing contest and Mark Johnston may have found a good opportunity for Fireglow to win for the first time this season. A dual listed winner as a juvenile last season, she was consistent in good company without winning at a higher grade but her career best came at Newmarket when fourth behind Minding in the 1,000 Guineas. That run was followed up by another creditable effort in the Musidora Stakes behind So Mi Dar and although she has a disappointment at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Stakes to put behind her, there is no way that she should be 9/1.
Back her each-way if you wish, but with good form, an ability to handle ground with an ease in it and getting 13lbs from all her rivals, don’t regret not backing her.
A first for Cawley
Brian Cawley is the latest in a wave of young trainers in Ireland and having rode for Denis Hogan predominantly, Cawley will be hoping to emulate Hogan by riding a few of the winners he trains. Cawley, a brother to Grade One British-based jockey Alain, is yet to get off the mark as a trainer but at Bellewstown on Saturday evening he may do just that.
Think Of Me lines up in the first division of the Martinstown Opportunity Hurdle and he is a horse that is worth keeping an eye on at 16/1.
Jack Slade is favourite after running well behind Shake The Bucket a fortnight ago, but it is a very competitive contest and…
it would be no surprise to see something at a big price lead them home and hopefully it’ll be Think Of Me.
Fireglow (9/1) – 2.15 Haydock
Think of Me (16/1) – 6.25 Bellewstown
*Prices correct at time of publication.