This testing ground will be new territory for all of these. If Petite Amie came back to the form that she showed in a Listed race on debut then she would take beating but ZOOM CALL has a more reliable profile with two solid efforts under her girth and is the selection. Watercolourmemories gets 4lb from the selection and is a danger, while Livingston Range isn’t discounted.
Several of these ran in the 5.45 here yesterday, with A Step Too Far making all to win, and Pillar beaten 4.5l in third. They both had hard enough races so, even if they turn out again, preference here is for the consistent TEDDY BOY, who ran a cracker at Naas four days ago.
Having proven her effectiveness in soft ground on debut GOLDDRAGON REEF (nap) should have no worries in this ground and should have improved nicely since, so is the bet. Druid’s Altar also ran a decent race at Galway and won’t go down easily, while Masterdream needs to find some improvement. The market should be monitored for support for both Star Of Juniper and Caldwell. La Joya has questions to answer.
If Barrington Court or Tully East can transfer the best of their jumps form to this sphere, they would both be of interest but DEWCUP looks like a solid alternative having gone close in a maiden at Tipperary on Flat debut and there’s a good chance he can come on for that run here.
A combination of first-time headgear and a drop back in trip may see BESTRELLA get her head back in front after a promising handicap debut at Ballinrobe last month. Wild Cherry is getting down to a more realistic handicap mark and holds each-way claims, as does course winner Passing Trade who may have a poor strike-rate but handles conditions well enough to be of interest.
A tricky three-year-old handicap but VALQUINTO has run well in defeat on her last two starts and a return to this trip may see her get her head in front. There are no shortage of dangers including Sienna Lady who was runner-up last time out and warrants respect if she handles the ground. The consistent Take My Hand is another to consider.
Course winner BLANKIEDOODIE has fallen back below his last winning mark and he shaped with enough promise last time out to suggest he could be ready to get his head back in front. The obvious danger is Amarantha who took a massive step forward on handicap debut at the Curragh when last seen and is only 1lb higher here.
There was plenty to like about the comeback run of ADAPT TO DAN at Cork last time and he’s previously looked capable of getting his head in front from a basement mark, particularly when he gets his conditions. Guanabara Bay wasn’t far behind the selection last time and is well handicapped on old form. Giorni Felice was impressive last time but may find this a lot tougher from his revised handicap mark.
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