Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien has a quartet of runners in action at Tipperary on Sunday afternoon. Here he discusses their form and prospects…
“We've always liked him, but we just thought he'd be a bit raw and need the experience. They went steady, but when the penny dropped with him late on, he picked up very impressively to win.”
Happy with Lady
14:05 – Lady Penelope
Lady Penelope made an encouraging debut in a maiden at Navan last month. She showed plenty of pace there and stuck to her task well, so we were all very happy with her. Ours can usually be expected to come on well from their first start and we are hopeful that she'll prove to be the same. This flat five furlongs will suit and I don't think the rain that has fallen will do her any harm. She looks to have some of the best form in the book, so I'd be hopeful she can go very close.
15:40 – Vitalogy
Vitalogy sprung a very pleasant surprise when making a winning debut at Naas last month.
We've always liked him, but we just thought he'd be a bit raw and need the experience. They went steady, but when the penny dropped with him late on, he picked up very impressively to win. He should improve a fair bit from that experience, but he'll need to in this much stronger company.
It is always a big test for a two-year-old to go into stakes company on just their second start, but hopefully he'll prove up to it and acquit himself well.
16:45 – Angel Fish and Easter Orchid
Angel Fish is a home-bred filly from Rossenarra Stud. She is a half-sister to a couple of useful fillies and I've been pleased with her work so far. As always, this is just a starting point for her and we won't be expecting or asking her for big things. The hope is that she'll make a good positive start to her career and show promise for the future.
Easter Orchid has only hinted at promise in her two starts and will need to improve a lot to get competitive.