Mick Appleby tries to work his magic again on INTERLINK who has joined for Tony Coyle’s yard. This handler has a terrific record when new horses arrive in the yard – about a 21 per cent strike rate. This lad cost $400,000 as a yearling and cost Mick just £2,500 at the sales.
He can prove another bargain buy now as he’s well drawn in stall 6. More importantly he goes back up in trip to the 1m trip.
Tom Dascombe sends CHEERFILLY on the long trek north in search of a win. His filly returned to action at Chester two weeks ago and put up her best performance to date when chasing home a well-regarded type in Gymnaste, She showed good pace to lead there and those tactics can be applied again in today’s small field.
Michael Bell runs handicap debutant BABAMUNCHKIN and she starts out off a very lowly rating of just 65. She steps up in trip to 10f on this very testing track and is beautifully bred. She looks an improver from a team in good form who did us a favour with Main Desire at York last week.
Ben Haslam’s last time out winner REY LOOPY returns to action very quickly after an easy win at Newcastle seven days ago.
He only carries a 6lb penalty and is due to go up another 5lbs in future so looks thrown in tonight. This is a golden opportunity before the handicapper has his say again. Looks the best bet of the night to me.
GOLDEN DANDY bids to go back-to-back for the P J Prendergast team and she was well on top at the finish over the mile at Killarney.
The extra two furlongs looks tailor made for her as it’s only her third start for this handler. She looks on a sharp upward curve and well up to defying an opening handicap mark of 72 at the Dublin track.