13/09- One at a bigger price this week, Ginto for the Ballymore. I’ve not seen him mentioned too many times; but he’s by Walk In The Par and he’s gone off odds on in both his bumpers. So he’s both well related and well regarded by the yard.
His point to point he won in an easy fashion, getting better the further they went, taking the lead in the straight to win by around 12 lengths. His first bumper run was a little disappointing for favourite backers. Going off at 4/9 he tracked the leader but was outpaced by the eventual winner, Whatdeawant. He stayed on well that day and finished just two lengths back in second. The winner next time out was Grade Two placed so I think we can forgive Ginto slightly. He made amends on his second start. Ridden prominently he was again headed but stuck on to forge clear and win by 8 lengths from subsequent winner Shantreusse. Back in fourth was another subsequent winner in Now Where Or When, so despite only having two bumper runs, we can confidently say that the form from each is fairly strong.
He has phenomenal pedigree, being by Walk In The Park his dams sire was none other than Cadoudal, sire of both Big Bucks and Long Run. Meaning he is related to both a Gold Cup and Ryanair winner as well as being by the same sire as Douvan, who disappointingly never won the Champion Chase, but was top class at 2 miles.
Both the manner of his runs so far and his pedigree seems to suggest that a step up in trip will do him the world of good. I think the Ballymore is most likely but he could end up in the Albert Bartlett and I’d likely have a bet there if he was there on the day. At 50/1 there is a lot of value, he’s firmly in the unexposed camp, and may not amount to this sort of level, but there’s enough for me to hope.