The Irish are no strangers to sending runners over to Britain, and in particular Scotland for midweek races. Nonetheless, when one is sent over, they are usually worth a second check in the market.
With surging fuel costs and cost of living gone through the roof, connections will surely be more frugal when deciding whether they should foot the bill of sending a horse across.
It has to be hugely intriguing that top rider Daryl Jacob will travel all the way to Sedgefield Racecourse for one sole ride on Tuesday. It is a novices’ hurdle and the prize money on offer isn’t great so it is a long way to go for nothing.
Trained by Stuart Crawford, Barranco is going to need to find huge improvement on his most recent outings to even play a part here. The horse was beaten 87 and 45 lengths in his two most recent starts in maiden hurdles; abysmal performances.
There is hope from the fact he did win on his only British start, which was a bumper at Hexham in June of last year. Mind you, the form of that race has not worked out well so again that is far from enthusing.
Good ground would be another cause for optimism as he won his bumper on decent ground last year, but his two poor performances came on going with soft or heavy in the description.
Jacob has a phenomenal 26 per cent strike rate at Sedgefield in the last five years so the fact he is coming up to ride just this horse has to be a major plus. Barranco has had a short break and we might see a different horse now.
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