7.30pm – Fashionable Man
Fashionable Man caught my eye last time when finishing strongly over course and distance. He’s still relatively lightly raced and only having his seventh start come Friday evening. Wearing the visor had the desired effect last time and his shrewd trainer Michael O’Callaghan has reached for the blinkers for added focus. He’s well capable of breaking his winning duck in this one.
8pm – Eadbhard
Eadbhard has only had the one try here at Fundalk and that was over the minimum distance all the way back in late October. He got hampered late on, but it wasn’t the difference between winning and losing. More whether he would’ve of finished a little closer. He steps back up a furlong here and is well drawn in stall five. He has also been dropped a good few pounds by the handicapper and could just fly in under the radar at big odds.
8.30pm – Nulife
Having dropped down to a very attractive mark of 54, Nulife put up his best ever performance on the flat last time here over a mile and a quarter. The way he hit the line very strongly suggests that a return to a mile and a half will be perfect for him. His other three runs here were in maiden company, so on his second handicap try it could well be the time to catch him.
7.15pm – Medici Banchiere
Medici Banchiere ran a cracker up in Class 2 company last time when out of the handicap at Lingfield and was not too far behind the winner and that’s a very good yardstick on the all-weather. A drop down in grade from a handy draw is added to by young Clifford Lee taking off an extra three pounds, so he has plenty in his favour. The fact that Spare Parts is in the lineup makes it interesting though.
7.45pm – Rowlestonerendezvu
Rowlestonerendezvu brings in the best recent form by someway in this line-up with plenty of the others struggling for form and victories. She was a comfortable winner from the start at Kempton over a mile and a quarter in January. She only just missed by a nose last time, while the trip and track look fine for her here too. There’s a lot to like.
8.15pm – Daze Out
Daze Out showed her best piece of form last time at Newcastle over this trip of six furlongs, where he was only beaten three lengths. She’s handicapped on that last effort though, but given that she’s only having her fourth start 59 looks a very workable mark indeed. The trainer/jockey combination of Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan is always worth a second look and she has been placed in a very winnable finale at Wolverhampton.