Killarney is the most scenic racecourse on this planet when the weather is right. But I find a bookie’s satchel emptying to be the most picturesque viewing of the lot and that can happen anywhere. It just so happens that on this occasion, we can watch the lakes behind him as he counts your winnings.
Gordon Elliott runs Pensylvania Avenue in this one. He’s bred to be a smart colt, and a three-pound hike for a 3l loss might seem somewhat excessive, but he’s entitled to come on for that run and should be bang there.
Red Sole Diva for Joseph O’Brien was last seen over further and a drop back in trip means she might have to make all in this contest and given likely conditions, that’s not ideal for some of the very unexposed sorts in behind.
Carefully is a War Front filly in Aiden O’Brien’s yard and you won’t see too many of them open up off 64 in a handicap of this nature, let alone fail to impress on any given run to date. Inevitably the stable will attract attention but you couldn’t back with confidence, so it gets a pass from me.
Instead, I’m drawn to a potentially bigger price in Royal Canford, who, as the name suggests, is a Canford Cliffs filly who has been mucked around a bit. Obviously well-bred, she was given a step-up in trip on seasonable reappearance which made little sense, but it likely shook off some cobwebs.
Her previous start off two pounds higher was over this distance and she looked to be travelling well before she was impeded early on, left poorly placed, and then impeded again when making her effort a furlong from home.
Now off two pounds lower and more race experience, I’m happy to roll the dice on this one.