He carries top weight here for a reason and it’s because he is the best performer in this line-up. Added to that he’s coming here off the back of an excellent run when second to Nick Vedder, having being blind-sided late on.
He’s fairly uncomplicated and deserves his place at the top of the market.
Comes in off the back of a solid effort in arguably a tougher contest than this last time out.
And when it’s a trainer as good as Jim Bolger it’s time to sit up and take notice as he’s a perfect three from three over the last 14 days. The trip and track are perfect for Fiannaiocht, but we’re drawn out in the car park from box 12.
The only positive from the draw is that we should be allowed a point or two longer in the market.
Makes the journey up from Newmarket in search of another easy opening after what was a pretty bloodless success over 1m at Kempton. A 6lbs rise shouldn’t stop this well-bred individual going back to back as his Kempton success came off the back of being gelded and it seems the cruelest cut of them all has had the desired effect!
Did remarkably well to finish third at Lingfield last time as the winner Sandfrankskipsgo, made all under a great ride, slowing the pace and quickening into the straight. For the selection to nearly snatch second place was a big effort and given the more galloping nature of this track, it’s definitely going to suit her better. Our jockey, Callum Shepherd, is in form at the moment too.
Interesting that this is only the second time connections have decided to run him over the minimum 5f trip. It’s his first try back after a being gelded and a break he showed electric pace to lead very comfortably at Kempton over 6f before fading to finish fourth.
He never got into the contest last time at Wolverhampton as they tried to hold onto him and make him finish but that didn’t happen.
I expect for him to be ridden aggressively over the 5f on Friday night.
Unsurprisingly he took a significant step forward on his handicap debut last time with this jockey in the saddle. He was slowly away and not knocked about he made eye-catching progress into middle division under hands and heels riding having been switched in his run.
With that experience under his belt he should be a much more straightforward for the excellent Gary Halpin to bring the curtain down at Dundalk.