Osborne brings usual raiding party to Laytown

Tuesday, Sep 10 2019

There is a strong English raiding party on the shores of Laytown again this year headed by Melbourne 10 Racing.

Jamie Osborne saddles seven for the syndicate who make their annual pilgrimage to the beach for the unique meeting at the County Meath venue.

Florencio bids to repeat his victory of 12 months ago in the O’Neills Sports Handicap where Lisa O’Neill gets the leg up again on the Equiano gelding.

He was a cosy winner of the race last season when sent off a short price and may be able to repeat the dose.

The six-year-old was competing off higher marks on the all-weather when last seen in the spring and running off his lower turf mark looks a big advantage.

This will obviously have been the target and he comes here a fresh horse having his first start since March.

The seven-furlong contest looks competitive enough and Blacklooks could be a danger after a couple of good efforts at the Curragh.

He chased home Fridtjof Nansen there on his penultimate outing and had to overcome traffic problems last time when finishing fifth.

Osborne has landed the concluding Hibernia Steel (QR) Race on the card for the past three years and Commander Han should be capable of enhancing that record.

The four-year-old is top rated in the seven-furlong contest where Lisa O’Neill again takes the mount.

He cost connections £30,000 at the sales last month and should be good enough to give them an instant return.

There could be another English winner in the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre Claiming Race where Sir Ottoman is top rated.

The Ivan Furtado-trained gelding has been a consistent sort on varying all-weather surfaces so should have no problem taking to the sand.

Gabriele Malune takes 5lb off his back and he looks the best treated in a race where everything is available to be claimed for €5,000.

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