The old boy popped up in good form last time and still is absolutely thrown in on his best form around his favourite venue. Given the amount of interest in the top weight Aussie Valentine he’s also going to be a decent price, he used to be one-dimensional but is a little more flexible in his old age and looks the value option.
He never put in a run at all last time for some strange reason, looking a little reluctant early on and never getting involved. His run prior to that was a bit of an eye-catching performance and connections have switched to Wayne Lordan in the saddle. Hopefully he gets away on terms and can latch himself onto the back of the field. If he does, he will finish strong.
Look very good three starts back when winning comfortably over course and distance. However, it was a painful lesson learned when a well-punted jolly next time when dropped to 6 furlongs. That shouldn’t have been a problem as he had winning form over the sprint trip – but admittedly it came in weaker company.
Back up to the long sprint of 7f can see him in a better light on Friday night.
John Oxx’s runner has put up a couple of decent performances when going close on both occasions since sent handicapping. Connections feel she has been keeping a little back for herself and now reach for the headgear to help her focus. She’s drawn on the paint in stall one and the orders may well be point and shoot!
A rare-ish runner for Noel Meade on the level but she has been a model of consistency around Fundalk! It was the step up in distance last time that proved the key to getting her back to the winner’s enclosure and unlike a few of the fancied runners – she’s got a favourable draw.
She can record back-to-back wins at her new preferred 10f distance.