Teaplanter previews Saturday's horse racing and his first bet is on the Robert Tyner trained and JP McManus owned Sir Abbot at Navan.
Navan 4:05 - Sir Abbot
This is a contest where we have very little doubt that we are selecting the best handicapped horse in the race and one that could be a stone or more well in off his rating of 116. However there is the possibility that this might not be the target that connections would have in mind for the 7 year old son of Morozov. This former Ballinrobe bumper winner and Clonmel maiden hurdle winner was very much in the notebook last season as a horse that was very well treated off a mark of 123 over hurdles and he was unlucky not to collect at the Leopardstown Christmas festival. He only raced one more time over hurdles before being put away for the season.
This season he has been campaigned in chases and for want of a better term, has been messed around and not been overly exerted in any of his races thus far. His last time effort when testing his handicap mark at Leopardstown bore all the hallmarks of a horse that has considerably more to give when the gun his put to his head. He was settled near the rear for most of the trip by Philip Enright, before making a small move around the outside as they turned into the straight. There was limited perseverance from his pilot from that point on, but he stayed on quite nicely, even if hidden from the camera for much of the closing stages and he finished 7th, beaten 9 lengths in the end. He has been left on the same mark of 116 after that effort, which is 7lb below his mark which very much appealed over hurdles.
The concern would be that connections might have their eye on a bigger prize at some of the bigger meetings that will be taking place soon, but Sir Abbot could win here and still be very competitive off a mark of 123 and above. At the prices of 4/1 and 9/2, he is worth siding with and if we take this price over his next 2-3 outings, we are almost certain to turn a profit.
1.5 points win Sir Abbot at 9/2 with Betfred and Totesport