Adaliya is off the back of a tidy win nine weeks ago: they rode her more aggressively and she was always holding on late in the straight at Fundalk. She is going to be a bit of a price here as we have an O’Brien hotpot in the lineup, but for me Palace Guard didn’t pull up any trees here last time and the handicapper agrees as he’s only been raised 4lbs. Halford is not top dog here for no reason.
Beach Bar is a very solid handicapper both on turf and the all-weather. He can be a little keen in his races but should stay over this distance.
Anybody looking for top-class form at Fundalk need look no further than his three-quarters-of-a-length second to Captain Joy – that’s very strong form indeed and he is going to take a lot of beating.
Glenmoore is going to need a rocket start from stall ten, but this does look a good opportunity for him to display his front-running tactics. Visor and tongue tie are on, and surprisingly this is his first try back down sprinting.
It may well prove he has been kidding them all along and that the shorter distance is his forté.
Remarkably the old boy Outlaw Torn seems to have retained all of his enthusiasm, as advertised by another typically gutsy and smooth victory last time at Chelmsford. He’s been found another easy opportunity by his tidy handler, and his winning rider takes off a valuable 7 pounds, while trip, track and draw are all in his favour.
There is no getting away from the fact that Plucky Dip is struggling for a bit of form recently. But he’s dropped down the handicap and it won’t be long before he pops up again. The headgear goes on to help him focus and an inside stall over this trip is a massive bonus. Jack Osbourne takes off a handy 7lbs and at double-figure odds is a strong each-way player
Kafoo has plenty of ability but also has a kink as well. He has placed on numerous occasions and did manage to win over the long sprint of 7 furlongs at Lingfield. He travels extremely well in his races but doesn’t always produce a finishing kick: as he is a bit of a thinker he can travel well in mid-division and pounce late. That is the key here.