Sir Ector ran a lovely race earlier for us, drifting out to 33s (150s on the machine) but belying his odds and running a lovely race, finishing 3rd and rewarding each way support. It was a massive upturn in form for the 10yo, and I reckon he has one more race in him. He seems to love Down Royal, so watch out for him if he turns up there.
|Conor Hoban gets on well with Total Demolition
On Sunday I like the look of one at a big price at the Curragh, and I think Total Demolition is capable of outrunning his generous odds for Jimmy Larkin and Conor Hoban. This enigmatic son of Thewayyouare is an all or nothing character, but he showed definite signs of returning to form at Gowran last time out and he looks worth supporting each way here for small stakes at huge odds.
He was very slowly away at Gowran on his last outing (8f sft), as is often the case with this fella, and as they turned for home he was a lot nearer last than first. However, when Hoban asked him for an effort he started to make ground up quickly before he was badly hampered just over 2f out. Hoban had to stop riding for a few strides, and when he switched Total Demolition he was staying on again before getting squeezed up inside the final furlong.
Hoban let him come home in his own time after that mishap, and considering how troubled a passage he endured he did well to finish just over 7L behind the winner. With a clearer run he would have undoubtedly finished a lot closer and it was an encouraging effort. He races off the same mark of 78 tomorrow, and though he is 9lb above his last winning mark he was beaten less than 2L off this rating when runner up at Fairyhouse last September (12f sft/hvy).
He has won on ground ranging from good to firm to heavy, so he won’t mind if the ground dries out a bit. It is currently described as soft at the Curragh, and with a few showers forecast it is unlikely to change too much. His last three wins have come at around a mile, but his only start at tomorrow’s trip of 10f resulted in victory and he showed at Fairyhouse last year over 12f that stamina won’t be an issue.
Conor Hoban knows this horse inside out, and he was on board last time at Gowran. He has ridden Total Demolition seven times, winning once and finishing runner up twice. He clearly gets on well with this quirky customer, and hopefully he can get a good tune out of him tomorrow. If Total Demolition can get away reasonably well and gets a bit of luck in running he is not handicapped out of this, and at odds of 25/1 he looks well worth chancing each way in a wide open race.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 17.00 CURRAGH-TOTAL DEMOLITION E/W @ 25/1