ZOOM CALL showed a fair bit of promise on her debut over 5 furlongs at Cork despite being a bit keen initially.
She should have learnt plenty from that run and hopefully she will settle a little better here. The form of that Cork second has taken a boost since, with the winner Miss Amulet winning at Listed level earlier in the week at Naas.
Thomas Cooper might not have too many juvenile runners, but he is capable of producing one to win as he proved with the useful Lisard Lady a few years back.
Zoom Call could prove to be a bit of value against the likely favourite Allagar, whose official rating of 84 perhaps overestimates her a little.
CLIFFS OF FREEDOM is interesting now going handicapping off a mark of 73. Second on debut last year at Down Royal, that was a fair effort with the winner Natural Power sold to the States after that win and with useful horses like Half Nutz (now rated 77) & Turbo Command (now rated 80) well behind.
Cliffs Of Freedom was disappointing on both subsequent starts, but both were on the all-weather in the UK and I’d be willing to forgive those runs. His debut run is too good to ignore now going handicapping.
He has been gelded since last season and Cliffs Of Freedom is worth chancing considering he could be on a very fair opening mark.
Silver Fox is improving with every start and is likely to be a short price favourite, but it might be worth opposing him with top class bumper performer DEWCUP.
Dewcup has had five starts in bumpers, winning at Thurles and Punchestown. He also wasn’t disgraced when fourth in the Grade 2 Aintree bumper and was third in a Listed bumper at Navan behind Uhtred.
He hasn’t been seen since that Navan third, but he has won fresh before and if he is fully wound up here, he could surprise Silver Fox.
JAZZ LADY was quite progressive last season, winning a Galway twice after finishing 2nd in a Listowel maiden. He two wins were off marks of 57 & 70 and in that second win, she beat Cerberus who went on to develop into a very useful juvenile hurdler last season.
Jazz Lady relishes soft ground and stays well, so the trip and ground at Tipperary will play to her strengths. It is also a positive that she has a really good rider booked for this lady riders’ event, with Cheltenham festival winning jockey Maxine O’Sullivan on board.
Sharp Focus could be a big danger on his first start for Gordon Elliott and with Lisa O’ Neill booked Jazzy Lady would look to hold decent each-way claims. Paddy is also paying an extra place here.
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