Vastonea Ready To Vanquish Rivals At The Curragh
Punters have the chance to either play up their winnings or have another crack at a “Lincoln” on Sunday when the Irish Lincolnshire takes place at the Curragh (4.55).
8/1 The Field
An event that has been won by runners at both ends of the market, Sunday’s renewal looks wide open with Onenightidreamed and Unsinkable heading the market at 8/1. The former is a lightly raced 4yo with only three outings last year, winning his maiden (1m, heavy), prior to an excellent third in a valuable handicap over C&D (soft).
The fact he is trained by Tommy Stack, who won this race with another 4yo in 2009 is a bonus, and while he has not been since that third in May, his experience at the Curragh has proven a good attribute down the years…
Of the last 10 Lincolnshire winners…
10 were officially rated 102 or lower
10 were drawn in stall 5 or higher
9 raced at the Curragh previously – others were 1-47
9 made the top eight last time
Females have an 8% record (3-40) compared to males 7-178 (4%)
D Weld won it twice
As for the other 8/1 favourite, Unsinkable, then this 5yo has also not been seen since winning a decent 1m handicap at Leopardstown last October (soft). Rated as high as 100 when trained in the UK, he has been raised 11lb to a mark of 83 for that last win, which could still make him well treated.
Stuccodor Back For More
Last year’s winner, Stuccodor (10/1), comes back to defend the title, but is 6lb higher this time around on a mark of 108, which would be the highest winning mark for many years. If any rain arrives, though, then he will become each-way material.
Also on 10/1 is Aidan O’Brien’s Bishan Bedi, who has no fitness issues having won on the all-weather at Dundalk earlier this month (1m). There was a lot to like about that career best effort, and the fact he’s won turf suggests he won’t be far away on Sunday.
Fitness shouldn’t be a problem for I’ll Be Your Clown (14/1) either, who was runner-up in a 1m handicap at Naas in June, and has been kept busy over hurdles this winter. He is another who would like soft ground to materialise so Sunday becomes a test.
As mentioned earlier, form here at the Curragh has proven a good omen, which could bode well for Michael Halford’s Hasanour (10/1), who won a decent 1m handicap over C&D in August. He followed that with a close third in a Premier Handicap over the same C&D, and clearly enjoys the strong gallop of these races.
Others with form here include Kevin Prendergast’s Maskoon (12/1), who was third in a Premier Handicap over C&D at the Irish Derby meeting, while stablemate,
Vastonea (14/1), signed off last season with a close second in the Irish Cambridgeshire over C&D (good). Vastonea didn’t get the best of runs that day and was arguably unlucky, yet still races off the same mark on Sunday.
Plenty in with chances, but Vastonea won a big 1m handicap at last year’s Galway Festival prior to an unlucky second in the Irish Cambridgeshire. He has surprisingly been left on the same mark and looks cracking each-way value at 14/1.