Appleby makes new trip to Ireland with his Supersta
TEC Electric Handicap | 1m | 4yo+ | ATR
This juicy prize has enticed Mick Appleby to make his maiden voyage to Ireland. The Rutland-based trainer has never had a runner on Irish shores before but Supersta breaks new ground for him today and you will not get a big price about the six-year-old making a successful visit.
Supersta is a seven-time winner and six of those have arrived on the all-weather (four at Chelmsford, two at Wolverhampton) so he should have no problem coping with the surface at Dundalk.
Although he has not won since the first week of May, his latest second at Wolverhampton 11 days ago was a big step back in the right direction and Appleby has snapped up Colin Keane who has such a terrific record at the track.
But if Supersta is to give Appleby a super start in Ireland, he will need to lower the colours of the prolific Red Avenger who has been rejuvenated since joining young Dublin-based trainer Damien English and has won his last three starts on the trot under Rory Cleary. Champion jockey Pat Smullen is not a bad replacement today.
English is double-handed as he also saddles Geological who is not without a chance on his best form.
Another trainer to be doubly-represented is Pat Martin courtesy of the consistent Ishebayorgrey, who is having a rare try at a mile, and Reckless Lad.
What they say
Michael Appleby, trainer of Supersta
He's my first runner in Ireland and hopefully it's the right race. The horse is in grand form and should run well – I'd like to think he'd go close. He's on his way now so hopefully has a smooth crossing. The track should be all right as he goes on most surfaces.
Damien English, trainer of Red Avenger and Geological
Red Avenger has been in terrific form since we got him. He has won his last three on the bounce, has drawn stall one and we have Pat Smullen on board so he ticks plenty of boxes. Geological was not beaten too far last time and seems in good form too. They both have a chance and hopefully one of them will do the business. It would be a nice pot to win.
Pat Martin, trainer of Ishebayorgrey and Reckless Lad
Ishebayorgrey is very, very consistent and seems in very good form. A mile is a new venture for him and we haven't tried it that often but he stayed on well the last day over seven and he is more relaxed now, so we are hopeful that he will get this far. Reckless Lad is due his turn soon and seems to be in pretty good form too.