Visionarian got off the mark under rules at the first attempt at Gowram earlier this month and while his task was made easier by the early unseat of the odds on favourite, he still won in nice style. Held up off the strong pace set by runaway leader Tirmizi, he took advantage of that one going too hard and won as he liked. He won his only start in a point-to-point also and gets weight off the whole field now. This is actually a very useful race but I’d be hopeful that Visionarian is above average, while any rain between now and post time would be a positive for his chance.
Last time out winners Whitehaven and Bollin Neil are likely to dominate the market, but Bolt N Brown is quite interesting with Tom Marquand booked and the cheekpieces being applied for the first time. Yet to win on the Flat, she won her only start over hurdles last season where it would be fair to estimate that she ran to a mark of about 105.
That would make her Flat mark of 50 look quite fair and on both previous starts at Yarmouth, she has gone close. Last year she was a close second over 10 furlongs off a mark of 65 and later in the year she was third beaten a length over 10 furlongs again off 62.
She runs over a mile and a half here and the ground is soft, so everything looks in place for a decent showing off a mark of 50 and she is very likely to be a very attractive price also.
Thefaithfulindian will be all the rage under a penalty after his facile win at the Curragh last week, while Shumaker would look to be on a fair mark based on his ability over jumps. However, Make Good has shaped nicely on his last two starts and the application of cheekpieces could see him go close.
On both of those starts, he has been running on well at the end of the races, so the step up in trip here looks a positive and on his last start over hurdles, he was second to the very useful N’golo at Galway. Hopefully there is a strong pace and if they are stopping in front, Make Good will be finishing best of all.
There aren’t too many in the field bringing good recent form to the table and it might be worth siding with Coolagh Magic after his run at Southwell which should have blown away any cobwebs.
He was very well backed that day and did show up well for a long way before the lack of a recent run took it’s toll and he weakened quickly in the last furlong and a half. He is yet to really run anywhere near his best since switching stables just over 12 months ago but now finds himself 16lbs below his last winning mark. He has also won over this course and distance off a 10lb higher mark and he would look to have a decent chance of hitting the frame at least now.
Desert Rose cost 200,000 guineas as a yearling and is related to the useful Pavillon and King Ragner and makes some appeal now pitched into a nursery off an opening mark of 62. Third on debut at Chelmsford, she shaped quite well that day and the winner Luckiness was second under a penalty on his next start, while the second, Prospect, has been narrowly beaten on both his next two starts, the second time in a nursery off a mark of 74.
The fourth that day, The Nail Gunner, was just touched off on his next start in a nursery off a mark of 65, so that form line would really point to Desert Rose being on a very fair mark. She has to overcome a poor run at Beverley but she never really got into that race and the winner could be quite useful. The return to the all weather and drop into handicap company can see her in a much better light here.
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