Duke Of North was scratched earlier at Brighton after the forecast rain failed to materialise. Unbelievably, there was torrential rain everywhere in the South of the UK except down by the seaside and that just about sums up my luck in the last few days. My two tips for Mybettingbonus were also pulled out and as frustrating days go this one has been up there with the best (or worst!) of them. Hopefully my fancy for Thursday at least makes it to the track, and if she does I think Sappho looks well overpriced if she can build on a very promising debut at the Curragh.
|Henry de Bromhead has a well bred filly in Sappho.
This 2yo daughter of Teofilo was sent off at a big price on debut at the Curragh (6f gd/fm) but Henry de Bromhead must have been massively encouraged by what he saw. Colin Keane settled her in rear of mid division and as the front two made their move she was stuck behind a wall of horses on the inner. She had to be switched a couple of times by Keane to get a clear run, and while the leaders had flown by the time she got, out she stayed on eye-catchingly under hands and heels for 4th.
This filly is exceedingly well bred and anyone who is a regular reader of this blog will know how highly I regard Teofilo as a sire. She is out of a very useful mare called Katla and I think her price tag of 30k euros could turn out to be an absolute snip. Katla was a dual Listed winner at 6f and she herself is out of a half sister to 2yo Group 1 winner Wootton Basset. Teofilo was also a winner at the highest level as a juvenile so Sappho is bred to be a fast filly as a 2yo.
It is encouraging that Keane has kept the faith with Sappho and he is a pilot of the highest quality. Her trainer, Henry de Bromhead, is better known for his exploits with his jumpers but he has shown he is more than able to train them for the level too. He has trained 7 winners and has had 23 places from 107 runners on the flat and the war office, who owns her, will be putting the pressure on him to get a win out of this filly.
Sappho faces the same ground and distance as she did on debut and she faces some potentially useful types here. On paper, the Michael O’Callaghan trained favourite Man Power looks the one to beat but his debut run came on yielding and the son of Dandy Man isn’t guaranteed to handle the quicker conditions at Leopardstown. Jim Bolger drops his filly New To Town in trip and she should go well, while Jessie Harrington’s expensive debutant Landshark is another potential fly in the ointment.
However, I saw enough from Sappho on debut to suggest she is well up to winning a maiden and I think she would have definitely got 3rd with a clearer passage at the Curragh. She has the pedigree, her draw in stall 6 shouldn’t be an issue and she has a top class pilot on board. I think this filly looks well overpriced at odds of 18/1 and if she gets more luck in running than last time she could go very close.