Mudlahhim has a tricky draw to cope with but should be good enough to confirm previous placings with the well drawn Dedillon. Blue Wood won’t be far away either, but it was a solid performance from STRONGBOWE (nap) in a hot enough looking 10f Cork maiden on debut and if forward enough on the back of a 402-day absence, he won’t be easily denied here.
Not many with compelling chances in a weak affair. Tommy The Hat and Briseuse De Coeur could show the benefit of recent runs and will strip fitter as a result. Buachaill Or ran a cracker at Dundalk last time over 1m and will be suited by the drop in trip but has a difficult draw. However, KOSMAN is well-drawn and is taken to get off the mark, having run solid races at Dundalk earlier this year.
Quite a well-contested maiden with several nicely-bred newcomers, notably Zenya, Maid’s Cap, Illusory and Flor De La Luna. Market confidence behind any of those could prove significant. However, of those with form, BLACKCATBLACKITTEN looks to be the one to side with.
Now back in familiar surroundings with Gordon Elliott on the back of a stint in the States which Brad Cox, the Kentucky Downs listed third LONGCLAW looks to have a golden opportunity to open his account over a trip which could bring out the best in him. Classify showed enough in third spot at Dundalk last time out behind a Derby-entered winning favourite to be feared, whilst Indicative Vote, Pugin and Leylak are also noteworthy.
Alan Persse has already guided CALIDUS MIRABILIS to a win, and with the handicapper seemingly catching up on Joseph O’Brien’s charge when last seen out, his 7lb claim will be a huge asset. Admittedly, the draw could have worked out a lot better, but quite a few of these can seemingly be written off. Adamaris and the first-time hooded Jazzelle are feared the most.
Down the field at Dundalk on her latest start, the cheekpieces won’t need to bring about a whole lot of improvement, if any, from the former Fairyhouse winner LYRICAL ATTRACTION. Well drawn in stall five, she has stronger credentials than most. Moving Forward, Magi Gal, Lady De Vesci and Followme Followyou will have supporters, but California Lad is back to a mark off which he can really threaten and is feared most of all.
With a solid run under her belt at Leopardstown last week, NEW VOCATION could well take a big enough step forward to strike on only her second start for the stable, and add to her two previous victories for Jim Bolger. At a bigger price Lucky Phil has the potential to go a bit under radar, a comment that clearly does apply to Wajaaha, Grace To Grace and Happaugue.
Racing Post’s tips for Roscommon in summary
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