A few of these look like nice prospects, none more so than LADY DAHLIA who caught the eye when chasing home her stablemate at Galway when last seen. She’s a well bred filly who might take some beating if she improves on that run. Royal Free Hotel chased home a nice prospect last time and could be a danger to the selection if she steps forward again.
A tricky contest but SCHOLASTIC has been in good form in two runs this year and this longer trip could see her take a sizable step forward. Son Of Hypnos has improved since switching to handicap company and he’s another to consider in a winnable heat while a return to form for China’s Storm would put him in the mix.
A competitive handicap but there was a bit to like about the run of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS at Gowran Park last time out, leaving her previous form behind and given that the form has worked out well, she might be worth taking a chance on over this longer trip. Last time out winner Cliara is respected while Amlad can’t be ruled out despite failing to win a race since 2017.
The hat-trick seeking NEXT IN LINE looks like the one to side with after her impressive display at Galway last time in a competitive handicap and she’s less exposed than most of her rivals. Pearl Warrior has been running well since the restart and can do so again while Legal Spin is another to consider having bounced back latest.
Plenty of these have chances, particularly some of the well handicapped sorts better known over jumps but preference is for TONKINESE who won with plenty in hand last time out and he may be able to build on that with the potential of more to come over this trip. Eight And Bob might be the best of the Willie Mullins pair while Thosedaysaregone is interesting on Flat handicap debut.
DEMI PLIE has a rating of 134 over fences so, if able to run anything close to that sort of level here, she should be hard to beat back on the Flat off a mark of 49. De Mazzaro is a recent winner and should go well, while a big run from Comporta is not beyond the bounds of possibility either.
This is definitely the stronger of the two divisions. That said, it should be straightforward stuff for COOL COLONNADE (nap) who boasts a mark of 133 over fences and took third in a much stronger heat than this at Galway last month. Last year’s winner Molly Kaye faces a stiffer task this time, and Jaime Sommers is the one expected to give the selection most to think about.
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