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Tricky handicaps at Wexford Races
on 22 August 2014
Noel Hayes of Tote Ireland recommends some likely winners at Wexford Racecourse

The Galway Festival is only days away and Tote customers are sure to be getting excited with the Pick 6, Placepot and Jackpot being guaranteed for up to an incredible €200,000, €30,000, and €40,000 respectively. Before that we have today’s card at Wexford and with the Pick 6, Placepot and Jackpot being guaranteed for €25,000, €15,000 and €3,000, there are sure to plenty of Tote punters looking scoop a big pot just in time for the Galway Festival.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (2.15) hasn’t attracted the biggest field, but it is competitive nonetheless and three selections might be the wisest option. The Tommy Stack-trained Celestial Fable, the Sabrina Harty-trained Empress Toorah and the David Wachman-trained Saldanha Bay all have solid form in the book.

The Amanda Brunker Judges Littlewoods Ireland Ladies Day Rated Race (2.50) is an even smaller field, but better safe than sorry and it is worth including two of them. The Johnny Murtagh-trained Calorie and the Patrick Prendergast-trained Bogardus finished close to each other at Dundalk last time and while the latter is now weighted to reverse that form, it is best to include both.

The Littlewoods Ireland Ladies Day Maiden (3.25) is another tricky maiden, but the Michael Halford-trained Sindarban looks to be the one to beat following his encouraging debut at Navan last time. It is also worth including the Dermot Weld-trained newcomer Renown, as he is the biggest unknown quantity in the race.

The Audrey McGrath Memorial Handicap (4.00) is the first of three challenging handicaps and it may be worth narrowing it down to two.

Both the David Wachman-trained An Fear Ciuin and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Bwindi showed significant improvement on their latest starts and with both being likely to be suited by this longer trip, they should fight out the finish.

The Wexford Racecourse On Facebook Apprentice Handicap (4.35) is a particularly tricky contest and being well covered is well advised. The Jim Lambe-trained Action Master, the Pat Flynn-trained Hangar Five and the Mark McNiff-trained Vinniespride all make appeal.

The Slaney Handicap (5.10) is not the easiest of last legs by any means, but I will narrow it down to two runners. The Dick Brabazon-trained Flowing Air went very close over this course and distance a year ago and could well come back to top form here. The Kevin Prendergast-trained Master Melody should be suited by the return to this longer trip.

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