Certainly, there are things in life that money can’t buy, but it’s very amusing – Did you ever try buying them without money?
Distinguishing a bargain buy in claiming races in Ireland are far and few between, basically the sharp trainers have appraised their thoroughbreds well up above their modest capabilities; in-hindsight chancing their arm for top dollar nevertheless sporadically one pops up to good too miss.
One of such fine examples of such value being found was capitalized by owner James McAuley; He claimed Red Avenger from the Damian English yard for very reasonable asking price of €5,000 in the claiming contest this evening at Leopardstown.
This son of War Front has won nine races from 7f to 1m 2f on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. He has continuously been the sort to be in-and-out of form but when he hits form, he generally wins a few in quick succession.
Presently rated 61, his winning turn looks to be approaching on the evidence of his creditable 6th place effort this evening at Leopardstown. Mark my words he will quickly recoup his trivial fee for McAuley at Dundalk over the winter.
McAuley really has invested heavily this past few months on new stock; acquiring them with a strong belief of them being effective at Dundalk stadium over the winter series. Red Avenger has been a great stable stalwart for Damián English, now its McAuley and his designated trainer Denis Hogan chance to shine.