7.20 Leopardstown – WITHERSEA & THAT IS THE SPIRIT
I want to focus on the English horses here as they have a fantastic record in this type of handicap in Ireland and although our York runner Kellini would have a big chance he is priced accordingly and so my main bet would have to be WITHERSEA. He is a horse that loves any sort of cut in the ground which they should get tomorrow and he has been shaping really well in races that just haven’t suited him. He hasn’t had his ground all year yet still boasts form of the highest handicap quality, running just behind some nicely handicapped horses. He is drawn ok and is exactly the type that Richard Fahey places in these types of races so well.
I can’t leave out THAT IS THE SPIRIT who is currently 2nd reserve so may not run but surely this race is exactly what he needs and if so he is very well handicapped. He races off just 91 having been as high as 106 following a Listed win last year, and he has been running in Group races which have just been too much for him. He is a horse with plenty of ability and shaped much better last time at Goodwood finishing just outside the places in a tough handicap on ground that was too quick for him. I really fancy his chances if he can get in the race.
WITHERSEA 0.5pt ew 14-1 Generally. 4 places paid at 1/4 odds.
THAT IS THE SPIRIT 0.5pt ew 16-1 SkyBet. 4 places paid at 1/4 odds.