Racing on Sunday in the UK and Ireland comes from Carlisle, Exeter, Limerick and Naas, on what is a busy afternoon of action.
The Flat season is now up and running in Ireland and Naas stage an eight-race card, which includes the Devoy Stakes, a Listed race over 1m2f.
Our fancies include a Venetia Williams runner who is making his British debut at Exeter following some excellent form in France.
- Exeter 14:42 – Victtorino @ 11/8
- Limerick 15:25 – Thedevilscoachman @ 6/5
- Naas 16:25 – Martinstown @ 7/4
VICTTORINO (11/8) makes his British debut today and he does so on the back of some excellent form in France. The six-year-old has appeared 13 times over obstacles, with two wins coming over fences at Auteuil, so he will not be short of experience here.
Now under the hands of Venetia Williams, it will be interesting to see if this horse can take the step to the next level in his career. He has featured in graded action in France, so he was clearly highly regarded over there. The two-time chase winner switches back to hurdles here, and off level weights with these rivals, he should be too good for this field.
Williams features on the Betfred Betfinder this afternoon as one of the top 10 trainers at Exeter. She has a lot of success when she travels down to the Devon-based racecourse. There is a good chance she will add to her account with the latest recruit to her yard.
It has been an excellent campaign for second-season chaser THEDEVILSCOACHMAN (6/5) so far. He has been victorious in two of his three outings, with his only defeat coming at the highest level in the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase.
In his last assignment, he crossed the line in second place in a Grade Three contest at Naas. However, the judge ruled that the winner, Ramillies, had interfered with him when jumping the last obstacle.
Noel Meade resisted the temptation of running his chaser at the Cheltenham Festival which means he should be fresh for this assignment. He is the one to beat on form and ratings.
Saturday was an excellent day for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, as the pair teamed up for success on the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan with Broome. Moore also won the Dubai Golden Shaheen with Sibelius.
They both return to Ireland on Sunday afternoon where they will be looking to add to their accounts over the weekend, and they can do so with MARTINSTOWN (7/4) in the feature at Naas at 16:25.
The son of Galileo has only had one appearance in his career so far. He won a maiden contest at Cork (1m2f) last May. Despite that being his debut, the Ballydoyle runner looked very professional in that race. O’Brien is sure to have him ready for this next appearance, and the well-bred colt can prove his class in this Listed race over his winning distance.
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