Ice Cold in Alex was last seen finishing a good third at Gowran Park, where he was caught further back than ideal, and I think he can improve on that run now. That Gowran race has worked out very well, with the winner, Lord Rapscallion, going close on Irish Champions Day at Leopardstown. The second Baraniya finishing third in a Listed race on her next start.
The subsequent Irish Cambridgshire second and third finished down the field so it really looks like hot form. This contest doesn’t look quite as strong and from a good draw in stall 6, Ice Cold in Alex should go very close.
Njord has been very consistent all year in handicaps, and he looks capable of taking the step up to Listed company in his stride, in what looks a very winnable race. He’s arguably unlucky not to have won his last four in a row, last time seen finishing fifth in the Irish Cambridgshire where he wasn’t ideally placed and then got blocked for a run at a crucial stage.
He seems to handle most types of tracks so should be fine here, and the ground is in his favour at the moment, so I’m hoping it doesn’t rain too much. Shane Foley, who’s had a brilliant season, takes the ride and he looks set for big run.
I know he’s long odds on but we need an anchor as the other two are decent prices. Valyrian Steel looked a horse of immense potential when winning a useful maiden in June, and even though the break is a slight worry, I’d be surprised if he can’t go in again here.
He beat horses with experience that day, producing some very fast sectionals to get up late, coming from a long way back to collar Wise Glory late. Wise Glory has gone on to win a maiden and a handicap at Newmarket, so it looks very useful form.
Valyrian Steel should make it 2-2 from in this type of contest.
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