Charmed didn’t have much chance from stall one in the Ballyhane last time but this is plenty easier and he should progress over this longer trip. However, preference is for MICKEY THE STEEL who stayed on well for third behind a well-bred Ballydoyle prospect who had the benefit of experience on debut at Fairyhouse.
Allagar sets a clear standard here on her best form but she’s had ten chances now and it might be worth taking a chance on another filly. WATERCOLORMEMORIES may have been a beaten favourite on her last two starts but she’s shaped as if she will relish this longer trip and the switch to all-weather should be no issue. Stablemate Spilt Passion looks most interesting of the debutantes.
Plenty in here with chances but ex-Godolphin representative MULZAMM appeals most on his return to all-weather. He was a winner over course and distance back in January and has held his form well on turf this summer; given his career best efforts have come on Polytrack, he could be the one to side with on all-waether return. A 9lb rise for her win last time may not be beyond Miss Cunning who looks progressive on a synthetic surface.
Dark Magic wasn’t at his best last time but he’s generally a consistent sort who ought to bounce back and he’s highly effective over this course and distance. However, CHARACTERISTIC shades the vote having run some nice races on all-weather when trained in Britain and he shaped like a return to form may be imminent at the Curragh last time out.
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A cracking contest. DARK VADER makes plenty of appeal under Dylan Browne McMonagle, for all that his well-being needs to be taken on trust. Geological could make all here, with Leadership Race also noted.
An interesting handicap. EXCELCIUS ought to like this surface and looks a value-based play under Joey Sheridan. At a price, Harriet’s Force appeals too, with Alhaazm clearly dangerous after winning here three weeks ago. Bucky Larson is also respected.
Siobhan Rutledge has ridden 15 times for John McConnell here this year, with three of those mounts winning, and she can progress to a 25 per cent strike-rate for the stable here in 2020 aboard DAME RAPIDE, who seemed to have a lot in hand here when similarly badly drawn three weeks ago. How that one fares in the wagering relative to another last-time-out winner, stablemate Blackstone Cliff, will be interesting. Little doubt too that Time And Money is potentially well-handicapped under Gavin Ryan.
NOBLE EXPRESSION might not win this but it will be surprising if he is not victorious here over the winter campaign. Plenty have a chance without being obviously thrown in. Juliet Rose is noted in the heagear. Those betting early are advised to wager with firms betting without the reserves, two of whom are very interesting if they get in.
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