Boychick returns to start 2018 off a 158-day break, however he has no problem with the conditions and his form when fresh is very good. He’s a very likeable type with five wins from 18 runs in total, and is arguably a little bit better on the all-weather. Luke ‘The Sniper’ Morris is booked as well, and for all his winning he’s still not climbed up to his ceiling from the ratings point of view.
Kodiline got an official rating of 96 early on in his career and that proved very tough indeed. He has now dropped down to a realistic mark and can start to be competitive off a mid-80s handicap. Drawn to attack on the inside for a formidable trainer and jockey combination, he has plenty in his favour.
It looks like being a productive evening for the Ed Walker team and his representative, Big Bad Lol, in the finale should not be underestimated. He fairly bolted up last time and he’s missed one or two engagements, however he must be ready to roll as Walker let him take his chance tonight. By a sire who has loads of all-weather winners, he can start to pay his way.
Kirks Dancer has a massive ticket to improve as she is the low-mileage improver in the lineup. Up to this distance last time around here, she won convincingly when a well-punted favourite. Pat Smullen was on board on that occasion, however she sits right down at the bottom of the handicap today so Killian Leonard takes the spin.
Asian Wing is becoming a bit of a cliff horse as far as I’m concerned. But with Gary Halpin taking over in the saddle tonight, surely his time is near. He has travelled like the winner into his last three races and at this distance the extended mile and a quarter is perfect. He is drawn a little wide, however a good jockey can overcome a bad draw and he can up his already impressive all-weather tally.
In the lucky last at Fundalk, No Way Jack is looking for that elusive first all-weather victory. He can’t get much lower in the handicap as he won’t be able to get a run having dropped from 60 all the way down to 49. He has an ideal draw in stall five and in the saddle we have “the pocket rocket” Wayne Lordan doing the steering. A first all-weather win awaits.