Declan’s Eye-Catchers – By Declan O’Donoghue

Posted on 26th May 2018 @ 11:28 am

BROTHER BEAR (Jessica Harrington) Looked a hot prospect early last season but the wheels came off after a creditable effort at Royal Ascot. Back in business at Naas last Sunday where the return of fast ground clearly made a difference. Goes for the Jersey Stakes but in the longer term will certainly get a mile.

DAMUT (Mick Winters) Made a dramatic impact in his first run for his new trainer when beating the high class Rashaan at Limerick. For a novice chaser he has plenty of experience, and clearly some previously untapped talent under the bonnet too.

DEVIL’S GLEN (Alan Fleming) Clipped from 50/1 to 25’s before scooting home in the opener at Tipp on Thursday where he beat a decent yardstick in Gold Seal who had every chance. Onwards and upwards from here.

JETEZ (Jessica Harrington) Good ground made a world of difference to this Getaway gelding as he justified strong market support – 15/8 to 5/4 jolly – at Limerick. Needs two and a half miles to really shine, and his jumping can be hit and miss though it was sharp and sure when he really needed it in the closing stages.  No doubt he is Galway bound, but he should pick up another race or two in the meantime.

PREMIER LEAGUE (Mick Mulvany) Jockey Chris Hayes said this Sligo winner could be well suited to Galway. That’s important because a lot of horses can’t cope with the famous Ballybrit circuit at all. He has won over six furlongs but seven seems to suit better and there are plenty of opportunities over that trip at the western Festival.

SCRIOBH NUA (Jim Bolger) Translates – in reverse – as new writing. And she went into many notebooks with a staying on debut third over a mile to hot Ballydoyle filly Broadway. Kevin Manning had quite a job pulling her up afterwards, she clearly enjoyed herself and wouldn’t mind stepping up in trip.

SIOUX NATION (Aidan O’Brien) Won the same race that Caravaggio won on his route to Royal Ascot and victory in the Commonwealth Cup and will try to complete the same double. Last year’s Norfolk Stakes winner has already tasted success at the Royal jamboree. One time there was a feeling that Coolmore weren’t that bothered with sprinting, but clearly there has been a policy change. This son of the deceased Scat Daddy would be a big attraction at their Kentucky stud should he continue to progress along expected lines.

NO WONDER THE BOOKIES RESTRICT HIS BETS… Declan on Thursday – Golden Jewel 10/1 (won 9/2); Madison To Monroe 9/1 (w 7/2); Masons Daughter 6/4 (w 9/10) and Calie Du Mesnil 11/8 (w 1/2)… BUT THEY CAN’T STOP HIM PASSING ON HIS TIPS EXCLUSIVELY TO US AT BETFAN!  


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