Betfred’s Owen McMahon picks out his best bet from all seven meetings across the UK & Ireland on Friday 11 August 2023.
How many times have we seen an Aidan O’Brien juvenile run well in defeat first time out before improving significantly to win at the second attempt?
Many times is the answer – and I’m hoping things go to script when his Galileo filly ANDROMEDA contests this 7½f maiden at Tipperary on Friday evening.
She was an eye-catching second to preferred stablemate Opera Singer, who went off 8/13f under Ryan Moore, on racecourse debut at Leopardstown a few weeks ago.
That form is yet to be properly tested, but it certainly looks strong on paper with some nice types for Donnacha and Joseph – including the re-opposing Enthralling – in behind.
It’s ultimately the promise she showed that leads me to suggesting her today. In rear throughout, she made some good headway the further they went and was only beaten just over a length by the eventual winner.
She should be fitter and more streetwise for that experience, she’ll go on the ground and ultimately should, at least, make a bold bid here – and she’ll have to if she’s to take up her entry for the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in September.
Glor Tire for Jim Bolger is the standard setter and the one they all have to beat. It’s not an unreachable standard by any means though, and Rory Cleary’s mount hasn’t been progressing lately.
Enthralling wouldn’t be the most shocking winner, but given the improvement expected from the selection I see no reason why that Leopardstown form should be reversed – while the other two with form in the book would be shock winners in my eyes.
Some of the five newcomers are housed in he right places and typically well-bred – none more so than Camelot Alexander for Jessie Harrington – but they would have to be well above average to take this contest and I’m willing to chance that’s not the case.