What a weekend of action we were treated too. Racing at Longchamp on Sunday didn’t disappoint and although Enable couldn’t make history, Jean-Claude Rouget did so with Sottsass with a superb victory in the Arc.
The flat season continues to barrel towards its conclusion and all eyes now turn towards British Champion’s Day. There’s still plenty of racing beforehand, however, including Monday’s action. It’s certainly not as glamourous, but it’s highly competitive!
I’ve gone hunting through the Monday cards, hoping to brighten up a wet and gloomy day. I can now present Owen’s Outsiders for the start of the week!
3.35 Killarney – Jelona (40/1)
Jelona has plenty to find on bare form here but the Milan mare is with one of the best trainers in the business in Jessica Harrington. She also has a very lightly raced profile and can be expected to improve on her recent Listowel exertions.
She was very flat on that occasion behind a smart type but won a maiden hurdle at Clonmel prior. If the first-time cheekpieces have the desired effect here, she looks far too big a price to ignore.
4.05 Killarney – Betterask JJ (25/1)
He’s yet to trouble the placings in eleven hurdling starts, but Betterask JJ hasn’t been devoid of promise and could feasibly play a leading role in this weak contest. He’s run just once in 2020, finishing sixth at Limerick. A lack of race fitness seemed to tell that day, weakening badly late on.
He’s fallen to a basement mark and as previously mentioned, this really isn’t a strong contest beyond the front two in the market. He tends to travel well into his races before just lacking that finishing kick. It could certainly be a different case today, if ridden with a bit more restraint.
The incoming rain won’t be an inconvenience to his chances and Jamie Hayes takes off a useful seven pounds. It’s quite easy to give him a strong each-way chance, given the inconsistencies of the majority of this field.
4.15 Wolverhampton – Refuge (20/1)
Having just five starts to date, there should be plenty more to come from Michael Easterby’s Refuge. He had shown minor ability prior to his most recent start at Newcastle, where he finished a close-up fifth off today’s rating.
That was a step in the right direction and his mark has been left unchanged. Dropping back in distance will suit based on that evidence and the yard is among the winners. If he can build on that promising run, in a weak enough contest, then there’s plenty of hope that he can go close at a tempting price.