Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Smart money is sure to be on Aussie Dollar

Aussie Dollar looks the best bet on the card at Southwell tomorrow in the Visit Nottinghamshire Maiden Stakes.

Trained by Andrew Balding, the three-year-old has shown enough promise in two runs to date to suggest that a midweek maiden on the all-weather should be well within his compass.

Well bred, by Dansili out of a Spectrum mare, the youngster certainly looks to have the best form on offer and the only danger could come from one of his unraced opponents.

He may have been beaten 15 lengths on his debut at Yarmouth in October but that was not a bad performance at all.

The winner, Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon, is related to Workforce and was backed as if defeat was out of the question. The ground was also heavy.

Aussie Dollar finished fourth and progressed further when last seen at Kempton just 13 days ago.

He was beaten just over three lengths by John Gosden's Rasheed, and with representatives from Brian Meehan and Michael Jarvis also in front of him it could turn out to be a hot race.

David O'Meara has made such a cracking start to his training career that big prices are no longer available for his runners.

He has made his name improving horses from other stables and Ingleby King has just joined from David Barron.

However, this is slightly different circumstances as the five-year-old has won his last two races.

He is now 11lb higher than the first of those wins but O'Meara has obviously spotted some potential and after a month off, the shorter trip could be a bonus in the Play Roulette At bluesq.com Handicap.

Phillip Makin and Kevin Ryan have had a reasonably successful start to their association and Finn's Rainbow can defy a penalty in the bluesq.com On Your iPhone Handicap. His win was just reward for a couple of previous near-misses and while this looks quite a competitive heat, he remains in good heart.

Another recent winner who can follow up is Richard Fahey's Stanley Rigby in the Book Tickets At southwell-racecourse.co.uk Handicap.

The Malton handler has kept his stable in good form through the harsh winter and his small all-weather team are reaping the rewards.

Evan Williams has a really smart prospect in Phidippides who is back out in the Annual Members Novices' Chase at Leicester. A smart hurdler, he looks made for the bigger obstacles.

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