WILMAS IRISH ROVER has been set some stiff tasks in recent starts and should be much more in his comfort zone here. The last time he dropped down to this sort of level saw him record a wide-margin win over C&D in August, and his supporters will be hopeful of a similar outcome this time. Lons Oxbow is feared most of the remainder if fully wound up after a three-month absence, leaving Keep On Zenon On to complete the shortlist.
AMOR N PASSION could hardly have been more impressive when resuming winning ways at Sunland Park last time, drawing clear in the straight to win easily by 16 and a half lengths. The early speed he showed there suggests the drop back to five furlongs won’t be an issue in this claimer, which looks no tougher than last time. It will take a good one to go with him if he arrives in the same sort of form. Another Brother and My Indian Warrior head the list of dangers.
IMPUTED doesn’t win very often, but he has the form in the book to be competitive at this lowly level. One such example came around this time last year, when finding only one too strong in an allowance contest at this venue, and a repeat of that sort performance would give him solid claims in a race that could be run to suit this closer. Siculo and Speed Bump are two of the potential speed angles who could be dangerous if getting loose on the front end.
A ZENON NITE is another horse who will appreciate the significant drop in grade here after a few comprehensive beatings in better company. Even then he has shown enough to suggest he remains as good as ever, and this looks a good opportunity for him in what is much the weakest race he has contested for some time. Drive Thru Gary and Runaway Regent could be the ones to give the selection most to think about.
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