A tricky opener to the card but QUEENS CARRIAGE posted a much improved effort in Listed class over course and distance last time out and she’s taken to overcome a wide draw and get off the mark here. Anjalawi has been improving around here of late and looks like the main danger. Any support in the market for the well-bred Montego Bay or Baldomero should be noted.
A case can be made for most of these but ALL ABOUT IVY shades the vote after a promising yard debut at Navan and she should be fitter for that first run in 90 days now. Last week’s winner Pillar is another to consider with just a 3lb rise to cope with, but course and distance winner, Zippity, seems a better horse on the all-weather than turf, and she could be the main danger.
Not the strongest maiden and BALLINLOUGH GALE showed enough at Thurles last time to suggest he can win a race like this provided he’s equally as effective on an artificial surface. Stately Home has already hit the frame twice on a Polytrack in Britain, and he could be the main danger if his new yard can get a bit of improvement out of him.
Improving with every start, BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE came up against a decent type here over further last time and can get the job done today back to 1m. Feminism is coming back from a break but has the form to go well, while Satin And Silk should be suited by the switch to this surface. The frustrating Jungle Cove can’t be discounted.
This is wide-open and it might be worth taking a chance on one at a likely each-way sort of price. It’s entirely possible that EDEN GARDENS doesn’t retain all his ability from when he was with Simon Crisford, but that’s hard to gauge having been mostly tried on soft ground since switching to Ireland. Those conditions wouldn’t be his bag and the four-year-old has his first all-weather start since he was beaten 1l from an 8lb higher mark at Chelmsford (Polytrack) less than a year ago. There are no shortage of dangers, notably Khafaaq who bounced back to form last time and Bobby K who is starting to look well handicapped.
With not a great amount of miles on the clock, the recent Curragh second FALL FOR A KISS is likely to be one of the more progressive ones here. She comes from a family with a couple of AW winners amongst them, and there is no real obvious reason why she won’t take to the track. Five of her rivals have either won or hit the frame last time out, but Double Coffee has the potential to go a little under the radar here and could emerge as the main threat.
A quality contest likely to be run at a hell of a clip. A Step Too Far has made headlines lines this season for all the right reasons, winning her last six starts, and she might not be done with yet. However, at a more attractive price ARABESKA could be the value play. A dual Gowran 7f winner, she seems to need an extra furlong to produce her best, but her stamina could come into play in a contest where it will probably pay to stay further. Big Gossey, and Arcanears are also feared.
A couple of these clashed in the race Ela Katrina won on her recent course visit, and it could be a form-line which has a major bearing on this contest. However, HUMANISTE, a convincing winner over hurdles at Tipperary lately, is clearly in a rude bill of health at present and can follow up here off a mark of 79 from a good draw in three. Tartlette and Buckman Tavern could also hit the frame at a decent price.
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