Leopardstown Flag Of Honour

Horse racing - Leopardstown - 28 Oct 16:15

Nothing really standing out in the handicaps but I think at Leopardstown in their juvenile Group 3, FLAG OF HONOUR really stands out. He's trained by the right man in Aidan O'Brien and he has looked progressive in his 3 runs. After finishing 9th and very green on debut, he was hammered in the betting prior to winning his maiden impressively at Naas. The form of that race has worked out strongly with the third horse Kenya subsequently winning twice including at Group 3 level last time. Flag Of Honour was last seen finishing 5th in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket. The race just wasn't run to suit although he did keep on well to the finish suggesting extra yardage could unlock further. I think it's a race that will have taught him a lot (still raced keenly and as if still not the finished article) and I think in the context of this race will do his chances plenty good. He is a full brother to the smart Galilean who was best at 12 furlongs so I think the move up in trip here for Flag Of Honour is a definite plus.

I don't think this is a great Group 3 if I'm honest. Flag Of Honour should be a bit more forward and battle hardened then the last time out maiden winners Hazapour and Saracen Knight. I think this is a horse of considerable potential and I'd make him the favourite to win this especially taking into account he's moving up a furlong which should bring about more improvement. Seamie Heffernan said he had a "good engine" after winning his maiden in Naas and I just think that we have yet to see the best of this horse.

Trainer O'Brien has won this race 8 times since 1999. It's clearly a race he knows how to win.

9/2 is a decent price in my opinion. Not going overboard given this is a non-handicap but I'd be disappointed if this colt doesn't go very close today.
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Stake: 10 3.75Stan James
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