Has won a couple on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. He looked on a sharp upward curve when winning for the second time there but hit the buffers afterwards. Marco Botti’s charge put up a solid return at Kempton before getting tired late on.
He should get a perfect lead from Aprovado and make his first spin here a winning one.
Was flat out from some way down but managed to hit the line very strongly when winning over course and distance last time. Sir Mark Prescott’s runner was only raised 4lbs for that success and she looks a typical improver from this outfit. That victory was only her fourth start and expect her to be much wiser this time around.
This looks as if it will be run at a rocket gallop with Red All Star drawn out wide looking to make the running.
RAPID APPLAUSE kept very smart company as a two-year-old but only saw the track once last year and has dropped a long way down the handicap. He looked to be coming to hand over the minimum trip on his last start and wasn’t knocked about.
He’s up a furlong tonight for trainer Michael O Callaghan and Shane Kelly takes 3lbs off. Also has the perfect draw in box four.
Jim Bolger’s runner was only raised 4lbs for winning over 1m 4f last time. The way he travelled that day would suggest the drop down to 1m 2f will not be a problem.
When you also take into account that D M Hannigan takes a very valuable 10lbs off his back, he looks the proverbial good thing.
Another Mark Johnston runner comes over for the euros and is top-rated here by some way.
He’s bidding to maintain his 100 per cent record at Fundalk and don’t be worried if he hits a flat spot turning for home. Sanus per Aquam looks the home team’s best shout, if returning to his two-year-old form, but the 1m 2f trip is a worry.