Dermot Weld: thinks it will be difficult for his runner from a wide draw
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
HALF of the field for the 7f handicap at Roscommon (5.40) saw action at the Galway festival but Surreal was the only one of the seven to score at Ballybrit.
She has an 8lb rise in the weights to overcome but the former Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare looked back to her best that day when staying on strongly off a decent pace and should go well again under Gary Carroll, who retains his partnership with her.
Trainer Jane Foley said: “She’s in flying form. She has gone up 8lb, which is obviously going to make things a bit harder. We took the hood off her at Galway and it worked really well.”
He’s Got Rhythm won the race in 2010 off a rating of 74 and four years on he races off an identical mark. Connor King claims a valuable 3lb so a second success in the race may not be beyond the realms of possibility.
Dermot Weld saddles Northern Rocked but is concerned about the draw for his runner.
He said: “He’s well but I’d worry about the draw for him. It is one thing being drawn wide in a maiden, it is an entirely different matter being drawn wide in a handicap full of experienced horses. Hopefully, he will run well but I’d be more confident if he had a better draw.”
The sire Verglas has a 24 per cent strike-rate with his progeny at Thirsk (nine wins from 38 runners for a profit of £14.66 to £1 level stakes.) Boldbob runs in the 1m maiden at 2.45pm.
Pointer provided by Raceform Interactive
Thirsk: Good to soft, soft in places
Roscommon: Good, good to firm in places
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