Pindaric blew the start at Redcar for us at the weekend and the advantage of being drawn in stall 1 went out the window. Connor Murtagh persisted with the inside route, sitting and suffering whilst waiting for a gap to come. Unfortunately it never came, and though he did stay on well once finding daylight the race was over. I am still firmly of the belief that this horse has races in him and he is definitely one to stick in your tracker as his turn is surely not far away.
|Wayne Lordan is doing his minimum weight for Uno Momento.
Tomorrow I like the look of one at a massive price at Naas, and I think Uno Momento could be set for a big run returned to the scene of his best maiden effort, once the ground eases. This 3yo son of Casamento is a big imposing colt and he ran a cracking race here over 7f (yld) on his second maiden run. His debut and last run were nothing to write home about, but he was a big eye catcher here behind Yulong Xionghu when beaten just over 3L and he shaped as if a mile would suit him well.
He was never put into the race by Gary Halpin at Leopardstown last time and perhaps the good to firm ground didn’t suit this big colt. On debut at the same track he showed plenty of early speed but he was green as grass and hung badly wide as they turned for home. That cost him any chance of winning, but he was sent off at just 12/1 for that race so he must have been showing something at home.
His best effort by a long way came here on his second start and he was ridden with restraint, again by Gary Halpin. He was still last as they turned for home but he looked to be travelling well within himself. Halpin switched him off the rail just before they hit the 2f pole and angled Uno Momento to the outside. As he started to push him along he still had an awful lot to do, but once Halpin gave him his only smack of the whip 1.5f from home he began to make up ground rapidly.
Halpin opted to ride him out under hands and heels for the remainder and I was really impressed with how the horse finished the race. He was at least 10-12L behind the winner a furlong out, but by the time he crossed the line the margin was reduced to just 3.5L. He just failed to get up for 4th and hopefully either the runner up (Conversely) or preferably the 4th (Bay Of Skaill) from that race frank the form in the maiden earlier on the card.
The ground is currently described as good to firm at Naas, and that has to be a worry. However, there is a lot of rain forecast to fall before the start of racing tomorrow so I am hoping that conditions ease. Wayne Lordan takes over in the plate and he will be riding at his minimum weight of 8st 4lbs. Tom Mullins got a winner on the board at Ballinrobe on Tuesday and his horses have generally been running well. If the forecast heavy showers materialise Uno Momento could surprise with a good run, and at odds of 25/1 he is worth chancing each way.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 20.30 NAAS-UNO MOMENTO E/W @ 25/1