In what looks an open enough Group 1, courtesy of the retirement of Enbihaar, it could be worth taking a chance on Monica Sheriff bouncing back to form on heavy ground. She has to leave a poor run in Doncaster when beaten by Pista -who re-opposes – behind her, but going back to her previous run in the Ebor she looks capable of doing so.
She ran huge and was the only one to get involved from the back in a slowly run race. She’s unexposed at this level in bottomless ground with emphasis on stamina and she represents decent value.
On the bare form Peaceful has it to do to reverse form with Jonny Murtagh’s ultra-progressive Champers Elysees, but she had been given a mid-season break and will surely build on her encouraging second in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
She has run well with cut in the ground previously and, with no star among the older horses, Aidan O’Brien’s, Irish 1000 Guineas winner, can add to her Group 1 haul.
This P2P winner showed snippets of form on the track prior to winning a maiden hurdle comfortably in Ballinrobe at the end of August. That was a modest affair but the handicapper has given her a reasonable opening mark of 108. This is a competitive race but No Memory can reward an each way bet.
This heavy ground specialist hasn’t been seen since his second in the QEII, however he goes well fresh and looks a class above these under the current conditions. The Revenant won this by a cosy four and a half lengths last year and I don’t see how this renewal is a whole lot stronger.
He looks the banker on Saturday’s high quality card.
Call the Wind is the obvious class of the race here but can be a little tricky for a horse as short in the betting, Princess Zoe has had a phenomenal season but fins herself in ‘senior hurling’ company now and it should prove a bridge too far.
Sublimis won on his only start in 2019 and has placed 5 times this year looking like a step up in trip was needed each time, he was third in the trial for this with a massive eye-catching run when not getting the best of runs and should relish the further distance providing he goes ok on the extreme ground.
The ground is going to be pretty testing and Starting Monday showed a liken for it last time at Listowel, He finished 3rd that day but got a little behind early and the two in front of him got away turning in.
He runs off the same mark and this looks less competitive. I’d expect him to go very close.
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