Classic-winning jockey Shane Foley looks ahead to his book of rides and his fancies for a crack at the Tote Pick 6 this Sunday at The Curragh. The pool is going to be well over one million euro and could be won for as little as €1! In between dreaming about what he might do with the cash, Shane spoke to Joe Hennessy from the Tote to give us his picks for Sunday.
Shane has five good rides himself on Sunday and fancies Liberatio (1.50) in the first as his best chance. He ran a great race the first day at the Curragh and that form has worked out nicely. “He has come on for that run, we just wouldn’t want the ground too soft. He’s a good mover and travelled well that day. Finn McCool has a big reputation and they ran him in the National Stakes, so he is clearly seen as a high class horse, but we’ll take our chance. The better the ground, the better the chance he has.”
In Salutem (2.50) ran a blinder the last day and just met some trouble at the wrong time. “He is another who should handle soft ground but he’d work better in better ground. He has it all to do to beat The Happy Prince who he met the last day. But if there are any holes there hopefully we’ll be there to pick it up. We always thought he was a decent horse and he is only showing us now what we always thought he had. His days of handicapping are done and he’ll be in stakes company in future we think. If you look at the manor of his Ascot win it will show you the type of horse he is. He is entitled to be there.”
Escape Clause (3.25) Shane has ridden in work since Colm O’Donoghue rode him to win his maiden over 7f two weeks ago. He is a big strong good looking horse. This looks to be a good contest with Capri at the head of the market. “I’ve been very impressed with him on his last two starts but this horse has improved, takes his run and you never know. I couldn’t have been more impressed with him then I was at Listowel the last day.”
Silwana (5.05) ran well the last day in The St Leger. “If Forgotten Rules comes back to form he will be hard to beat and Jennies Jewel has done extremely well so the trip will suit her well too. I have ridden a few winners for some of Takashi’s owners. He’s a gentleman and I try to ride work with him when I can. She’s a good mare and has some nice blacktype now so she will make a good broodmare.”
Katiymann (5.35) jumped from a maiden into the Cambridgeshire which was tough ask for his first handicap start. “We hope to get him back into winning ways. He was drawn 25 the last day in a mile and a quarter and that was always going to make it hard but he is back on his proper distance of a mile, on good ground and we should see a different proposition Sunday. He handled Galway, the ground, came up the hill well. He was a bit green in the Cambridgehsire but the good draw and back at a mile should suit him.”
Shanes Picks for the Tote Pick 6
Race 1 – 2 & 3
Race 2 – 3
Race 3 – 4 & 5
Race 4 – 1 & 4
Race 5 – 5 & 9
Race 6 – 2, 4 & 6
Race 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
In the first Finn McCool is coming with a big reputation. He was sent off even money favourite the last day at Leopardstown and he was beaten a long way but you can never underestimate one from Ballydoyle and he will probably still go off favourite. He could be the one to beat, but we might give him most to do hopefully.
Horses 2 & 3
Race 2 CL & MF Weld Park Stakes
Dermot Welds filly in this one has the most solid form. She was touched off by a good filly of Mr Oxx the last day, she won’t fear the ground or trip. Whatever beats her might win I think. Eziyra.
Horse – 3
Race 3 Renaissance Stakes
The Happy Prince looks the horse on the improve and should be hard to beat. In Salutem won’t be far away. If Fort Del Oro came back to the form she was in earlier in the year she could challenge. But maybe Happy Prince and In Salutem could be the two options here.
Horses – 4 & 5
Race 4 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes
Generally this races winner will head for the Racing Post in Newmarket. Capri has been held in high regards since day one. If there is a little hole in Capri I think Seamie Heffernans horse Exemplar – he was very impressive in Galway the last day. He travelled around nicely and quickened up the hill but obviously Ryan Moore is on him and he has first choice. That’s the one for me and Exemplar if there is any gap in him.
Horses – 1 & 4
Race 5 – Manguard Plus Amateur Derby
This race looks so competitive and will be where the Pick 6 will be won and lost I’d say. I think Edward O’Grady’s horses have been running well all year and he has his string in terrific form. Time For Mabel has solid hurdle form, Johnny Barry is a good solid amateur and he takes off five pounds and he could be my idea of a winner. Ger Lyons horses are in cracking form too and Synopsis with Nina on board could be another one who maybe has sneaked under the radar. He won well at Roscommon one day and they’d be my two picks.
Horses – 5 & 9
Race 6 – Mongey Communications Joe McGrath Handicap
I think it will pay to stick with the high numbers in this one. Another combo we might aim for in this is Willie McCreery and Billy Lee. They are in great form at the moment. They have Downforce in this one, they’ve drawn 18, he’ll handle the ground and had a good run the last day and he could be one ready to bounce back.
If I was to pick another maybe the English horse Soie D’Leau, Kirsten Stubbs’ horse. He has good form in soft ground, Shane Gray knows him well, just going to be led on this one by the draw more than anything. Master Speaker also has a good run in him somewhere along the line. Whether it is five furlongs in The Curragh is another thing, but he could be one to sneak in late.
Horses – 2, 4 & 6
Shane’s picks would cost €38 to cover at a €1 stake or €19 at a half stake.
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