Plinth was nowhere to be seen at the business end for us at Fairyhouse last weekend, but he wasn’t completely disgraced in 11th. He was beaten 11L for the win and perhaps a step back up in trip is what he needs to get his head back in front as he kept on nicely up the home straight. The horse I like in Friday is hopefully going to appreciate stepping up in trip too.
|Paul Webber has a good record at Sandown.|
On Friday I am going to take a chance on one in the 1.55 at Sandown, a 20f Novices’ Handicap Chase. Triggitas, an 8yo son of Double Trigger, is very lightly raced for his age but on his last three outings he has displayed definite signs of ability. Three starts in 2015 were non-descript, but his first run for Paul Webber at Huntingdon last year was a cracking effort.
Triggitas was ridden with a lot of restraint that day, dropped out well in rear for most of the 16f contest. He looked like he would finish a well beaten 4th or 5th as he was pushed into the second last hurdle, but after the last he found his second wind and he finished strongly for 3rd, beaten less than 2L for the win.
His next run for Mr. Webber came in a 2m mile maiden hurdle at Worcester and again, Triggitas was waited with in rear. This time McClernon timed his challenge much better and he was bang there with the winner Psychedelic Funk as they jumped the last. He just got a shade outpaced on the run in, but he kept on well and was only beaten 1.75L off level weights by a horse now rated 137.
Triggitas returned from over a year off with a more than respectable effort on bottomless ground off 115 in a handicap hurdle at Lingfield. He was beaten a long way at the finish in 5th but he shaped well and he is a big horse so he is entitled to strip much fitter with that run under his belt. The booking of Gavin Sheehan looks a positive too (6 wins and 14 top four finishes from 33 rides for this yard).
I think his two runs last year over 2 miles suggested that he would be much better over further, and so does his pedigree. His half brother Exitas is a very useful staying chaser so not only is Triggitas bred to stay the trip, he is also bred to jump a fence. I think he looks a fascinating contender up in trip on his chasing debut back on better ground and if he jumps well, he could surprise with a big run at odds of 33/1.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 1.55 SANDOWN-TRIGGITAS E/W @ 33/1 (5 PLACES)