• Laytown - Wednesday

    Side with the Melbourne 10 at Laytown


    There is a 4.00 start for the annual day on the beach at Laytown where the Melbourne 10 Racing syndicate is well represented as both owners and sponsors.


    They have runners in all six races, with 14 horses declared across the card for seven different trainers. Three of them run in the Follow @melbourne10racing On Instagram Handicap and they have a great chance of success in their own race with runners from the Jamie Osborne, Tom McCourt and John McConnell yards.


    The McCourt-trained My Good Brother could be the pick of the trio as he bids for a second course and distance success having previously scored at the unique venue in 2016. He was a winner at Bellewstown only two weeks ago and could well follow up under jockeys’ championship contender, Colin Keane.


    The 75-rated Ambient, trained by Osborne, can also carry the Melbourne 10 colours to success in the Gilna’s Cottage Inn Pride Of Place Maiden. He has had plenty of chances but has gone close on occasion and is just preferred to Myth Creation.


    The visitors also look to have a big chance with three runners in the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre Claiming Race and the Brian Ellison-trained Monsieur Jimmy might well be the one if he can recapture some of his old form.


    Commander Han is the one to beat for the same owners in the concluding Hibernia Steel Qualified Riders Race for Osborne and Lisa O’Neill, winners of the race last year with Wasqaas. If running to his rating of 81, he should have too much for the more locally trained Twenty Minutes.


    The others might have a chance in the opening Bohan Hyland & Associates Handicap where Eddie Lynam’s Dapper Power is one for every shortlist after a number of good efforts this season. Little went right for the five-year-old at Down Royal in July, but he certainly can be fancied on what he had previously shown.


    Fortune has deserted Blacklooks of late and while he is the one to beat in the O’Neills Sports Qualified Riders Handicap, a chance is taken on War Hero which showed up well in two starts behind Make A Challenge at the Galway festival and is probably deserving of another winning turn.


    Selections: 4.00 Dapper Power; 4.35 My Good Brother; 5.10 Ambient; 5.40 Monsieur Jimmy; 6.10 War Hero (NAP); 6.40 Commander Han.

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