The Messenger previews Saturday's Horse Racing and he has bets on the concluding bumpers at Navan and Market Rasen.
The Rory Story is popular in this contest and the thinking once again this year is that Noel Meade will have his team ready to bang in some winners before the Willie Mullins machine cranks up a gear and dominates most of the season. This may be the case and The Rory Story is nicely bred, but we will side with a horse from a much smaller yard, who has already shown ability.
Agent Boru was brought down on his point debut at Loughanmore, but he made up for it on his second start at Taylorstown in April. Trained by Gary McGill at the time, he made smooth progress between the final two fences to come through and challenge Stay Out of Court and then he quickened nicely after a good jump at the last to run out quite an impressive winner. He changed hands after that race, despite failing to meet his reserve at the Cheltenham sale in March and is now under the care of local handler Thomas Gibney. Gibney has had few stars and would not be a regular supplier of bumper winners, but he is likely to have Agent Boru well tuned for this opening meeting of the season at Navan and he looks worth having an interest each way with Noel McParlan back on board again today.
1 point each way Agent Boru at 5/1 with Bet365
Market Rasen 5:30
We are waiting until the final race at Market Rasen before getting involved from a betting point of view and we are opposing the Dan Skelton trained Bandmaster. He ran well on his debut when second to Ridgeway Flyer, but did not progress when 3rd in what looked a moderate bumper at Sedgefield on his second outing. The form has not worked out so far and this confirms the initial impression of the race.
The horse that dos appeal is the Malcolm Jefferson trained Captain Sam. This is a venue where Jefferson likes to have bumper winners and he has introduced some very nice sorts at the track, including Cape Tribulation, Captain Sam ran very well in his debut at Doncaster when he was 2nd in a Junior bumper over 13 furlongs last November. He was prominent for much of the race and took it up in the final two furlongs, but his inexperience got the better of him and after wandering around a little under pressure, he was run out of it by the Ian Williams trained Jam Session. The winner ran very well next time out in a listed bumper at Cheltenham and is now plying his trade as an 80 rated flat performer. Captain Sam was given the rest of the season off, presumablt to mature and now that he returns at a venue where his trainer excels, he makes plenty of appeal here at 3/1 with Bet365 and Betfred.
1.5 points win Captain Sam at 3/1 with Bet365 and Betfred