There’s a couple of familiar faces in the 7.10pm at Killarney on Monday who may fight out the finish between them.
Brian Jordan’s Cotton Jenny will need to improve a lot if she’s to get involved here. Meanwhile Mrs Lovett needs to step up on Thurles win three runs back is she’s to score for the Gordon Elliott team, while the enigmatic Don’t Touch It last won off a mark of 143 and has looked well-held in every start since.
So it could boil down to a face-off between the two highest-rated in the race in Jett and Peregrine Run. The former has had a busy winter, but usually performs better on a sounder surface. However, Jessica Harrington’s runner did find a career-high mark of 153 too much to negotiate last time at Punchestown, after being hit with a 9lb penalty for winning a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse before that.
Top weight here won’t make it any easier.
So almost by default, we’re left with Peregrine Run who is a previous course and distance winner. He was right in the mix when falling in the Topham Chase at Aintree last time and this could be a clever piece of placement by his trainer Peter Fahey.
Verdict: Peregrine Run