May well prove a very shrewd purchase for 34,000 guineas by this quality outfit. He definitely has a double upside in that he is extremely well handicapped having been rated 107 at one stage and now sits on just 82! Added to that he’s only had the one all-weather try to date, which was a cracking effort at Chelmsford. He finished right on the heels of the leaders over a furlong shorter. This may be tougher company, but he has more than a pinch of class and this is a nice pot.
Needed the drop back into maiden company to get that elusive first victory on the board and his win over course and distance last time was pretty routine, He just slotted round behind the pace and picked them up easily on the run to the line.
It will be slightly tougher back in handicap company, but confidence is up after that win. He’s related to some decent types on the all-weather and looks more than reasonably weighted.
On his third try here for the new team, he put up by far and away his best performance over slightly further. There should be no problem whatsoever with the drop in distance and he gets the services of Seamie Heffernan in the saddle.
He was rated much higher when trained in the north of England and is more than capable of taking the lucky last at Fundalk!
Was a massive eye-catcher last time at Lingfield who only got the message late on and fairly flew home up the short straight. Admittedly he was keen in the early stages and will need to settle a little better on Friday night. However, we we have Adam Kirby in the saddle and that can make the difference, as he has a great set of hands and is in very good form at present too.
Robert Cowell’s runner went painfully close for us at Chelmsford last time for this new team when just beaten a head. The winner that day made all, and the third and fourth were handy all the way, while he was the only runner to close in late.
He has a featherweight of just 8st 2lb so Cam Hardie is drafted in for the spin. It’s a decent pot to aim at as the owner splashed out 40,000 guineas for him.
I’m not sure sure if he is going to be the final runner for this excellent trainer Alan Bailey, but he is surely bringing to an end a wonderful career very soon. Clem A got himself too far back last time and again was a big eye-catcher last time when nearest at the finish. He’s only 1lb higher than when winning at Salisbury on the turf in August and the step up to 1m 1f is perfect for him.
They broke the mould when they made Alan Bailey and if it’s to be his last runner – he can go out on a high.
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