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FIVE HORSES TO KEEP YOU IN PROFIT THIS FLAT SEASON

Our inform tipster Steven Shanks has given us five horses worth following throughout the flat season in Ireland.

1 NEVER RAINS (3 b f No Nay Never – Falling Rain)
Form: 0670  Trainer: J A Stack  Owner:  GSR Syndicate
Never Rains is a four race maiden. She debuted last August at The Curragh finishing 13 of 20. Two runs at Dundalk followed in February which were not without promise, but I was especially taken with her handicap debut last week at Cork, finishing twelfth behind The Names Jock, trained by John Kiely. Held up, she travelled well through the race and shaped far better than her finishing position suggests. The Cork race will produce winners with the likes of Njord, trained by Sheila Lavery and Muntahez, trained by Kevin Prendergast, both having their first outings after being gelded finishing third and fourth respectively, but in Never Rains we have a filly that is a little more under the radar.

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2 KUDBEGOOD (4 b g Most Improved – Orpens Peach)
Form: 07270509 Trainer: John C McConnell  Owner: Ronnie & Trish
Kudbegood is an eight race maiden who flattered to deceive last season, showing promise in some races only to disappoint in the next. Having switched yards from Andrew Slattery to John C McConnell it will be interesting to see if this has a beneficial effect. He was certainly strong enough in the market on stable debut at Gowran Park last week and there was encouragement to be had with his effort behind the impressive Villa Maria. He has become very well handicapped if he shows what he’s capable of.

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3 FASTAR (5 ch g Fast Company – Asterism)
Form: 7336-84  Trainer: Gerard O’Leary  Owner: Lance Bloodstock Limited
Fastar won three races for Brian Meehan and has since switched stables to Gerard O’Leary. His Irish debut in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire in March was encouraging and he built on this at Cork two weeks later. Drawn 10 that day, Niall McCullagh had to take his medicine and race wide for basically the entire race. In the circumstances Fastar ran a cracking race to finish fourth beaten just one length. The stable has 100% record with their juveniles this season with their only runner, Real Force winning at odds of 25/1 at Naas this weekend.

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4 JEWEL MAKER (4 b c Invincible Spirit – Sapphire)
Form: 2/1-07  Trainer: D K Weld  Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm
A winner on just his second start, Jewel Maker built on his seasonal debut at Naas with an eye catching seventh at Cork,three places behind the aforementioned Fastar. I think this was very much another stepping stone to future assignments as he travelled nicely but wasn’t asked too many questions when the gaps opened. The redoubtable Dermot Weld has made a fine start to the campaign.

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5 MY LAUREATE (3 b f Rajj – Imitation)
Form: 20504  Trainer: G M Lyons  Owner: J R Scott
A five race maiden, My Laureate never quite reached the heights of her debut last season where she ran a high respectable second to Cava with subsequent Listed winner Sparkle’n’joy back in third.Regarding her seasonal reappearance Ger Lyons opined it was more in hope than expectation but I’m sure he’ll have been encouraged by today’s run. Drawn wide in 15 (more like 17 when you’re next to the joining of both stall mechanisms!) Colin Keane did the wise thing, he didn’t forfeit ground by edging over, he just went for it and I’m convinced he’d have gone very close with a single figure berth. The run gives plenty of hope that My Laureate can get that first win on the board.

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