Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Marino Marvel at Fairyhouse earlier this week. I have no complaints either, as he was ridden how I hoped he would be. He just didn’t finish as well as I thought he would and he is best left alone until showing a bit more spark.
|Beneficial’s progeny usually like decent ground.|
On Sunday I like the look of a mare at 20/1 at Ayr and I think the combination of decent ground and a slight step up in trip could work the oracle for Side Of The Road. This 7yo daughter of Beneficial has yet to trouble the judge after 9 starts, but it is early days and she has showed a modicum of ability on more than one occasion.
The fist time she caught the eye was at Ayr on heavy ground over 20.5f in a maiden hurdle back in November 2017. She was beaten 17L by the winner, but she stayed on stoutly from well back under a considerate ride. She has had four runs in handicaps since starting out off a mark of 99 and she is now rated just 82.
However, although her mark has plummeted she showed definite signs of life last time at Sedgefield. Dropped out in rear throughout, she made ground in the final half mile and only for being hampered she would have got a lot closer than a 28L 5th of 12. She jumped nicely and got outpaced, but she was doing all her best work in the closing stages over the 20f trip.
The step up to 21.5f should really suit Side Of The Road, as should the nicer ground. Beneficial’s progeny usually thrive on decent ground and on pedigree, this test should be right up her street. Stakes should be kept small, but at odds of 20/1 I think Side Of The Road is well worth chancing each way.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 4.10 AYR-SIDE OF THE ROAD E/W @ 20/1