None of these have won a race but all have shown enough glimpses of ability to be considered. ABLAH was close enough to some quality rivals on her debut at Dundalk but was below par on easy ground since, so just gets the nod back on a fast surface. There isn’t much between One Smart Cookie and Brosna Empress on their C&D encounter, and both can run well.
He mightn’t be the most talented runner in this field but he is the toughest, so that can stand to GREY STREAK (nap), who can finally get off the mark after several creditable runs. Make A Promise can improve on this faster ground, as can Big White Chief. Stalingrad is a sleeper.
A Step Too Far isn’t opposed lightly but she is over a longer trip today and will find it tough to lead all the way. ACQUIESCENT is lightly-raced and ran a cracker behind a quality older horse at Dundalk last time, so is narrowly preferred. Goodnight Girl and Taggalo won’t be far away.
Several of these are on retrieval missions, having disappointed last time, including Boughtinthedark, Snow Patch, Mister Trader and Powersville. However, GLOW WORM comes here on the back of two cracking efforts and is generally reliable, so is the percentage call. Bahlwan won’t be far away and Breakfast Club is of interest if supported.
Flying Visit sets the standard of those with form but he has had four runs, so is vulnerable to an improver, and MALAYSIAN could be the one to step up. She ran well behind Moyglare winner, Shale, at Gowran and her connections have been waiting for good ground to run her. Yarrawonga can better his debut run, while Belmont Avenue is most interesting of the newcomers.
Zofar Zogood is the obvious starting point after finishing second in her last three and has a big chance of breaking her duck in the first-time blinkers but there could be more to come from DAVID GARRICK despite his defeat at Navan last time – he was very good here on his penultimate run. Recent winner Petticoat Rule is a danger while Paradiso could easily win one of these. It will also be interesting to see if Rockview Empress turns up just 24 hours after finishing fifth at Tipperary.
He may be a maiden, but LANDING ZONE has shown more than enough ability to suggest he can win a race of this nature and should go close in the first-time headgear. Drummer, Curious Bride and Leahman boast similar claims in an open race.
UNIVERSAL FOCUS is a likeable sort deserving of a turn after some creditable runs this season and his chances are obvious. Guido Reni is another who has been running well in defeat while Getaway Queen should not be far away.
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