Irish trainer sends sole runner on 630-mile round trip to Cartmel on Sunday

Cartmel Racecourse

It’s another great end to the weekend, as the Curragh hosts a card headlined by the Group 1 Pretty Polly. It’s flanked by a pair of Group 2 races, the Airlie Stud Stakes and the Curragh Cup. We also have action from Uttoxeter, Cartmel and Windsor, and we’ll have horse racing tips from all four meetings.

While looking through Sunday’s statistics, we found a very interesting one coming from Cartmel. Trainer Eugene O’Sullivan sends just one runner to Cartmel on Sunday, making the 630-mile round trip from their Lombardstown base. At a price of 16-1, they demand close attention and you can find all the analysis below.

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2.40 Cartmel – Sedbergh Handicap Chase

It’s rare for O’Sullivan to send runners to Britain, with this being just the fifth in the last five seasons. The others were sent to Cheltenham and Kelso, so New Money needs plenty of consideration under Alain Cawley.

She’s one of the bigger-priced runners in the field and that can be little surprise given her copybook in 2021. Winning a point to point back in December, there’s been little to shout about since, with her best effort coming when second at Naas on her first start of the year.

Subsequent efforts have been well below that standard, pulling up at Limerick last time over today’s trip. That was a beginners event, however, and this is just her second handicap start over fences and this sharper test may play in her favour.

Conditions are perfect for her, so she has no excuses in that regard, and a change of tactics may be applied. Her best run over fences came when setting the pace, as did her win between the flags. Those tactics haven’t been employed of late and if she does take an early lead, you’d have to be positive of her chances.

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