Gary O'Brien

    Gary was in good form last week with Advantage Point (12-1), Magwadiri (11-2), and Timetoget (13-8) all winning. Two bets take our Irish expert's eye at Royal Ascot, one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday - now online.
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018
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Updated 11:25 - all selections online.

Nothing particularly floats my boat at this evening’s domestic fixture at Sligo so instead I’m going to suggest an interest in a couple of Irish-trained runners at Royal Ascot, starting with GEE REX in this afternoon’s Coventry Stakes.

Having shown very little on his debut in a Curragh maiden last month, the Requinto colt was unsurprisingly a big outsider when pitched in at the deep end in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes back at flat headquarters a fortnight later.

However, he belied his status by running on very strongly from the rear to finish fourth behind Albany Stakes market leader Fairyland, right on the heels of a pair of stablemates of the winner who had both scored on their previous starts.

There is obviously a chance that it could have been a flash in the pan but at 66/1 it’s hard to resist an each-way interest on John Hayden’s charge, who was led out unsold at £140,000 at last night’s Goffs Sale.

In tomorrow’s Royal Hunt Cup SETTLE FOR BAY looks to have a great chance of providing trainer David Marnane with a second winner at this marquee fixture.

A highly-progressive sort on the polytrack during the winter, notching a four-timer and climbing 23lb in the ratings, the gelded son of Rio De La Plata shaped really well on his return from a short break in a 7f handicap at Leopardstown last month.

He left the impression he might well have won there with more luck in running, and given that it was very much a stepping stone to this long-term target it seems reasonable to anticipate a nice chunk of improvement, especially back over a mile.

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