I’m going in with him one final time over the cliff and he does need to produce a winning performance for me to even consider him again. He has had no luck on numerous occasions and undoubtedly would’ve won basically on the bridle but for being knocked over last time at Ascot.
Given the form of his trainer Ed Walker and his rider Andrea Atzeni having a very good strike rate at this track, Jonah Jones is an obvious pick. Kings Lynn with Oisin Murphy aboard should also help anchor the price for us.
Andrew Balding’s runner looks to be very well handicapped off the back of getting the job done in impressive fashion at Yarmouth last time. That was over a slightly shorter trip, but for all the world his relentless galloping fashion is going to be suited by staying trips. The ground will be absolutely ideal and Opera Gift gets a massive 21lbs from his main market rival Ocean Wind, who is also looking to rack up the three time.
They both bring in very convincing profiles, however the selection has the champion jockey elect Oisin Murphy on top.
He’s only having his second try for the David O’Meara stable and put up an improved display for this handler last time. He had been punted on one or two occasions previously to suggest that he has shown a fair level of ability in the mornings.
We get a massive jockey upgrade with Danny Tudhope taking over on Daniel Deronda. Admittedly we have been handed a tricky stall position in box eight, but that is factored into the price. I’m a great believer that a good jockey can overcome a bad draw, just a pinch of natural improvement is required to take this moderate contest.
When you originally look at this contest, Noirvento may not look that well handicapped. However, he hasn’t been back to this venue for a very long time and has definitely improved in the interim, The Tracey Collins team are a particular smart operation at getting one ready at this track and although not gifted the best stall draw in 10, he always seems to be played very late anyway.
Given a bit more luck he would’ve won here by now and he looks primed to collect the euros tonight.
This gelded son of Kodiak brings in some very solid all-weather form to the table. As is often the case for the Julie Camacho team, Maurice Dancer has been very patiently handled throughout the 2020 season, He’s only other try on this track was over 6 furlongs and that quite clearly caught him out as he was always under pressure from the get-go.
Stepping back up a furlong to the long sprint distance of 7f should suit his galloping rhythm much better. Expect him to be no worse than mid division, before unleashing his final kick.
A 300,000 guinea purchase as a yearling, Indignation was picked up by the shrewd John McConnell outfit for just 16,000 guineas after one below par effort at Sandown. He quickly has got his act together and produced arguably his best performance around this venue over slightly further, last time out.
He was ridden far too aggressively over further than tonight’s distance on the turf at Fairyhouse.
Hopefully aided by the drop in trip and more patient tactics, he can get another vital winner on the board for the Irish champion jockey, Colin Keane.
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