Charlie Wallis’s runner has not run here for a little while and certainly hasn’t been this low in the handicap for this handler as yet. All of his five victories have come on the all-weather and his sole victory over course and distance was off a mark of 77 an and he races off 70 on Friday night.
William Carson has not long returned to the jockey ranks but there is no doubting his ability.
He is incredibly keen to get back among the winners.
Made an eye-catching return to Dundalk last time over the extended 1m 2f trip – staying on quietly after being ridden at the back of the pack. He finished a never-nearer fourth, is reasonably well treated on his old form and was fairly competitive for the Paul Flynn outfit over jumps recently.
He’s not had many goes in this sphere and can gain a deserved first success on the all-weather.
Phil Kirby’s runner did us a favour last time at Newcastle over 7f, but she looks to have the required speed to cope with dropping back down a furlong in distance. She is due to go up 8lb in the handicap in future, so it’s the right call to run her under the 5lb penalty now.
Jimmy Quinn takes the ride as she still only carries 8st 8lbs and we know the little Wexford ‘strawberry’ can do that no problem.
Has only been running adequately the last twice over the 10f trip which looks just shy of her best distance of 12f. A Return to this trip looks absolutely tailor-made with the pocket rocket Wayne Lordan back in the saddle.
Most of this field take turns in beating each other, so it’s always incredibly tough to predict who’ll win. However, everything looks like it’s finally slotted into place for John McConnell’s runner to gain a long- overdue second success.
She cannot drop any lower in the handicap or she’s going to struggle to get into a race soon.
She returns over her favourite trip, stepping back up to 6f. It wasn’t a bad run last time as she never got into the contest until very late on over the minimum 5f distance. Admittedly, she doesn’t have a great win-to-runs ratio, but she is in the right team with Hollie Doyle aboard.
Joseph O’Brien’s runner hasn’t been tried over this 1m distance previously as there is an awful lot of speed in his pedigree. I looked back at his solid second-place finish last time, where he travelled out wide and covered plenty of ground – but hit the line strongly.
That would suggest the trip is not going to be a problem. It would be a welcome second return to the winners enclosure for 10 lb claimer Hugh Horgan.
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