Ado to have the last laugh with Minute
As “cliff horses” go, Laugh A Minute is right up there on my list, and for a horse with his natural ability, his hard-luck stories cloud a win record of 4-39, as he’s much better than that.
Of course, these “door slammed shut” runs are stacking up, none more so than when I backed him at York in the summer when he travelled all over a competitive field over the far side in a 0-105. He hit 2.47/5 in that, but should have won. He met a ton of trouble at the Curragh too in a good handicap.
He hit another low in-play when last in action at the track over 6f, having raced far too keen early and from an uncompromising position had to make up his ground on Arcanears from a less than ideal spot. He still was matched at 1.341/3.
McGuiness also has Inflection Point in the race, and while lately she hasn’t been held up, she has won making the running before, and could be an important cog in setting a good pace for the selection to aim at.
There’s no doubt he is well-handicapped from 96, given he was rated at one time 104. The break of 119 doesn’t particularly concern me, and it’s about time he get his head in front at Dundalk.
At least he’s been the best Laugh A Minute so far, as there are two other versions with the same name. Older readers might remember the Scottish one out of Hat Girl in the 1980s, who on inspection didn’t appear a horse to be trusted, but was ridden by none other than Mick Meagher – the long-time racing manager to the late Trevor Hemmings.
Lavery has a star for the evening in Summit
Going against Ado McGuinness is not high up on my list, but I am looking to oppose his Bowerman with the in-form Summit Star in the closer.
Bowerman remains competitive despite his advancing years and goes well over CD, but Sheila Lavery’s filly won with plenty in hand last time and she has the perfect run style for the track; she sits handy and she stays further.
Last time out she showed the benefit of a break when sauntering to a near 5L success in a 0-75, a race where she never really looked like losing. Although the handicapper has had their say with a swipe of 12lbs meaning she has to take her chance in a stronger calibre of race.
She has a fine pedigree for this level as a daughter of Sea The Stars, and his stock have a 19% win-rate on the all-weather and a 38% placed score. Indeed, it likes as though Summit Star’s future will be on synthetics.
As the only one in the field who can be labelled progressive, she has a chance getting 5lb from her main rivals. The draw shouldn’t make too much of an impact in a small field, and if it becomes tactical, she has the pace to deal with it. Her trainer has had two runners in two weeks and both have won.
February single bet winners:
Little River Bay 13/8
Fantasy Fighter placed 6/1
Form Of Praise placed 12/1
Summit Star 4/1
Snow Leopardess 6/4
Celebre D’Allen 5/1
Tim Pat 5/2
Jeans Maite 5/2
Author’s Dream 7/2
Gipsy Lee Rose placed 9/1
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