Joseph O’Brien’s runner seems flexible as regards trip so the drop back to 1m 2f won’t be a problem. The stall 3 draw is a big help here over this trip so at least a perfect run around on the paint is a strong possibility. He put up a fair effort when third behind Creeping Ivy last time and the fourth-placed Black Label has won since. Looks on a reasonable mark and don’t underestimate the value of Donnacha’s 3lb claim.
Not best in on the ratings but comes with a few positive points. One of the upsides is she looks to of been crying out to go back over this trip of 7f having won well at this trip as a two-year-old at Salisbury. She comes with a big ticket to improve having only had seven races to date. William Haggas is a target trainer and he’s got his sights set on the all weather finals next Easter with this filly.
A Dermot Weld cast off, he didn’t show much early on but got his act together around here first time for Paul Webber when finishing a close up second. Given two spins over hurdles and looked a non-stayer on both occasions. He’s now back on the level in a winnable race where the the jolly looks vulnerable under another rise from the handicapper. The extra 5lbs could slow the top weight down just enough for this lad to strike.
Started life way up the handicap having not shown a massive amount and it’s fair to say he’s no superstar from Jim Bolger’s academy.
Has now slid down the ratings and is looking for his first win at the 11th attempt. On no more than a good selling plater’s mark, he can get his head in front down at this level. It all has to go right and he was slightly short of room last time. We need a clean trip but he’s in the right race.
Took a whack off the handicapper for running well in a maiden race at Limerick and then showed little in three subsequent tries. That took a little weight off his back and his first spin at Fundalk was a cracker when a half-length third. He’s looking to break his maiden tag tonight and it’s all in place for him now. He won’t get a better chance.