Dual-purpose performer taken to beat chief market rival in Chester Cup match bet
Not So Sleepy
Buy at 1.5 in a match bet with Falcon Eight
Dermot Weld doesn't send too many horses to Britain from his Curragh base but the market tends to react positively when he does, which is certainly the case with Falcon Eight in the Chester Cup.
However, Weld is just 2-15 with his British runners in the last five years and 0-9 at Chester throughout his training career, and you are pretty much banking on Falcon Eight running to his 2019 form if you fancy him to play a part off top weight.
Furthermore, he doesn't have an ideal draw in stall ten for a hold-up performer making his first start for 11 months, and first since a gelding operation.
I much prefer Not So Sleepy in the match bet between the two market leaders. The Hughie Morrison-trained nine-year-old is well suited to this track given his wont to front-run, and ran well when third over an inadequate trip on his most recent start here in May 2018.
He appears to be getting better with age and was last seen in Grade 1 company over hurdles. A reproduction of his most recent Flat start, when fourth in last year's Cesarewitch, would be good enough to feature at the business end of this race.
Sporting (50-30-20-10) 10-13 Not So Sleepy, 8-11 Falcon Eight, 7-9 Cardano, Future Investment, 6-8 Hochfeld, Trumpet Man, Nate The Great, Who Dares Wins, Rare Groove, 5-7 Coeur De Lion, 4-6 The Grand Visir, Reshoun, Themaxwecan, Glencadam Glory, Rochester House, 3-5 Lucky Deal, 2-4 Blakeney Point.
Match bet 0.5-1.5 Not So Sleepy/Falcon Eight.
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