Ireland’s flat trainers have strongly come out to support the country’s first meeting since Horse Racing Ireland chose to extend its attempt to continue racing behind closed doors. The move came in a bid to maintain the social distancing directive given by the government to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus.
Notably, Aidan O’Brien’s name was missing from the Dundalk list, though he had about 22 entries in Naas on Monday. Nonetheless, his sons, Donnacha and Joseph had runners, together with Johnny Murtagh, Dermot Weld and Mick Halford, to name a few. In total, there’s €92,000 on offer to the racers in the eight all-weather Flat tournaments.
While the atmosphere might seem odd due to the strict measures put to emphasize on the social distancing directive, all concerned parties will be grateful. For betting fans, it’s an excellent opportunity to continue using the horse bet calculator, as the stakeholders are grateful for the chance to keep the cash flowing in the horse racing industry, as long as the Irish government allows them to do it.
Last Friday, the most talked-about horse race in Ireland’s history was staged at the Dundalk racecourse, attracting a maximum of 14 runners for two out of eight races. That was only four days before Leo Varadkar’s government took off the plug on racing, including any claimer that Yuften might participate.
During the race, Yuften, who was expected to win easily based on his general form, but he came off a little break to finish behind Tony The Gent who won the race. Both horses are trained by Denis Hogan in James McAuley’s colours, and they’ve both enjoyed enough good publicity lately due to their remarkable and heartwarming rags to riches story. However, the implications of this horse race were hardly heartwarming.
Yuften got a shocker of a ride from the highly skilled Joe Doyle, though he didn’t manage to get close to Tony The Gent with the perfectly competent Joey Sheridan. In itself, that was quite noteworthy, though it’s not as though claimers don’t regularly throw results contrary logic. That’s despite Yuften having an excellent record among Dundalk claimers, meaning he ought to have yielded something like 2/5 favourite.
Instead, Tony The Gent began odds-on while Yuften was standing at 6.4. That was quite perplexing, and the baffling market move for tony would’ve discouraged many fans from placing wagers on the race. As a result, Yuften’s odds seemed too good to be true.