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CADAMOSTO is bred to be a precocious sort, being by No Nay Never out of a mare who won over 6 furlongs as a two-year-old. He was bought for €153,400 as a yearling and is fancied to provide an instant return on that investment for his powerful connections. It will certainly be interesting to see whether the market speaks in his favour in the first two-year-old race in Ireland in 2021.
PRETTY BOY FLOYD ended last season with three top efforts at this course, recording back-to-back wins before being beaten just half a length into fourth on his final start. He has another 2lbs rise in the weights to contend with on his return to action, but it’s still relatively early days with this yard and he may yet have more to offer. Proven both at the track and in the likely testing conditions, Pretty Boy Floyd appeals as arguably the most solid proposition in an open heat.
JOAN OF ARC made a promising start to her career when second at Dundalk in November, only losing out on the nod. That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, so Joan of Arc stands out as a confident selection to get off the mark at the second attempt – especially when you factor in her scope for further progress. She is certainly bred to be smart as a sister to several winners, including the English/Irish 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles.
ERZINDJAN reached a fairly useful level of form in three starts at two, producing his best effort when easily winning a maiden at Cork last August. That success came in the sort of testing conditions that he’s likely to encounter here, where he’s set to make his handicap debut from an opening mark of 91.
That looks potentially lenient judged on the balance of his form, representing the Dermot Weld yard that should be able to unlock more improvement from him as a three-year-old too.
HOROSCOPE hit the frame in both starts as a two-year-old despite looking far from the finished article. He shaped well amidst greenness when second on his final outing at Leopardstown, proving no match for the winner but keeping on at the one pace to pull clear of the rest. He rates a sure-fire improver as a three-year-old and is fancied to open his account here before going on to bigger and better things.
GODHEAD shaped as if needing the run when third on his stable debut at Dundalk last month, just plugging on in the straight to pass the post six lengths behind the winner. That first outing after eight months on the sidelines is likely to bring him on and help him bounce back to the useful level he achieved in 2020, when winning three times for previous trainer John Gosden.
That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings and identifies him as a leading contender in a typically competitive renewal of this valuable handicap.
BALLYCAINES has been in excellent form recently, hitting the frame in three starts in a row at Dundalk and then producing a career-best effort over hurdles when third at Leopardstown last time. He is only 2lbs higher here than when last seen on the Flat.
His race fitness could count for a lot in a race where many of his rivals are making their first start of 2021. The application of first-time cheekpieces could also give him the edge he needs to gain a thoroughly deserved victory.
SUNSET NOVA could be the way to go in the finale after a sequence of consistent efforts on the all-weather at Dundalk. He has already won twice in 2020 and shaped as if still in good form when fourth at the same course last time, sticking to his task well to be beaten just a length-and-a-half. Sunset Nova is equally effective on soft going on turf and should give another good account if continuing in the same rich vein of form.
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