Pat Flynn’s runner raced in a first-time hood last time and ran a very pleasing race on only his second start on the all-weather at Fundalk. They have been chopping and changing distances for Casa Romano and maybe Friday’s mile trip will suit him down to the ground.
There’s lots of positives as he is potentially a low-mileage improver and has been gifted a nice stall position in box seven. He looks like going off at an each-way price to boot.
Jack Dawson’s runner finally looks to be been getting things together at this track, showing steady improvement on each of her last three outings. Unfortunately for us and her connections, the handicapper has noticed and nudged her up 3lbs in the weights.
Admittedly, Followme Followyou has as yet to get her head in front from 14 tries, but she’s not had too many goes on the all-weather.
She looks to finally be going the right way.
Michael Halford’s runner has been successful twice at this venue and has a victory under today’s pilot Ronan Whelan. Those wins were over a little shorter than this 1m 4f trip so Gougane Barra could still improve at this distance. He can race a little keen at times so does need to settle better to see out the trip. Ronan Whelan has a good set of hands – unlike Paddy – who could get an elephant to jig-jog!
Andy Slattery’s runner has been a model of consistency for connections over the long sprint of 7 furlongs for some time now. He certainly deserves another victory and gets a handy pull at the weights with Major Power who is looking for the four timer – but drops down in distance.
Ben Coen is good value for his 3lb claim and gets a good tune out of Eacharn.
Hopefully, he pushes on early.
John Oxx’s runner was showing his rivals a clean pair of heels here last November before coming up for air with 100 yards to go. He got caught on the line and the young 10lb claimer J A Powell on board was having only his fourth ride under rules.
Powell rides again and seeing as Sebs Star has only six starts on the racecourse, he still has a ticket to improve.