SIN E SHEKELLS was much improved for a switch to handicaps when third at Leopardstown recently and the form has a solid look to it, so he’s a confident selection to open his account despite a 4lb rise.
Ya Ya Baby and Take My Hand are a bit more exposed but also arrive in good order, so they’re solid alternatives too.
FOURHOMETWO rattled home from a long way back and almost overhauled a well-bred sort at Gowran last time, so he shouldn’t have much trouble accounting for this lesser field with the benefit of experience.
Dame Dany is the best alternative but she, like the remainder, is dependent on the selection disappointing.
DARKENED bounced back to his best when runner-up at this venue earlier in the week and a similar performance may see him go one better here.
Capel At Dawn, Eastern Racer and Lincoln are just a trio of potential threats in a wide-open handicap.
NJORD all but followed up from the Curragh here on Tuesday and has obvious claims off the same mark if this doesn’t come too soon.
Last season’s Irish Cambridgeshire winner Jassaar only just failed at Naas 11 days ago and remains low mileage for a five-year-old, while Mr Wendall showed useful form to win his maiden at Gowran and is a totally unexposed three-year-old.
PROSE has been knocking at the door in recent starts and is taken to come good at the sixth time of asking.
La Joya is open to progress on the back of her Fairyhouse debut fifth and may provide the chief threat ahead of Down Royal third Starlight Dream.
Useful three-time bumper winner BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL had to work relatively hard to get the job done at Roscommon.
However, she was well on top at the line, and is open to plenty of improvement now stepping up to a more suitable trip. Buildmeupbuttercup and Camphor are obvious threats.
DAWN OVER OWNING relished the step up to a mile-and-three-quarters when successful at Killarney last time and it’ll be a major surprise if there isn’t more to come from him at this trip.
He can make light of a 7lb rise, perhaps at the main expense of Swelltime who has been mixing the Flat and hurdles to good effect since the resumption. Eight And Bob and Born By The Sea also make the shortlist.
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