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This War Front colt was running in the Middle East, where he won a couple of races under jockey Tadhg O’Shea, before joining Joseph O’Brien’s powerful Co Kilkenny operation in June.
It didn’t take him long to make the perfect start to his new Irish career, staying on powerfully under Shane Crosse to easily scoop a rated race at Limerick by three lengths from Freescape earlier this month, a performance all the more meritorious as he dwelt at the start and was intimidated by a rival during the contest.
The four-year-old must have gone into some punters’ notebooks that day as he has halved in price from 12-1 in this competitive extended mile handicap.
All three of his career victories have come over a mile and he won’t mind a bit of good ground at Ballybrit, but the support is intriguing as he’ll have to overcome a rating 12lb higher than when he skated in at Limerick.
Not the feature race at the south coast jamboree, but again some punters are ‘on’ at fancy prices of 33-1 on Andrew Balding’s charge.
The least the Kingsclere team will be hoping for this term is a victory in a Festival handicap with this three-year-old as they aimed high at the beginning of the season taking in both the Sandown Classic Trial and the Lingfield Derby Trial.
He made no impression in those two high-class events or the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot on his next start, but last time belied his lengthy odds of 25-1 in an Ascot handicap earlier this month to finish only two and a quarter lengths adrift of First Light.
One piece of form which sticks out in this Nathaniel colt’s back catalogue is a length and three-quarter defeat by Lone Eagle, who was only just touched off in this season’s Irish Derby, in Newmarket’s Zetland Stakes last season and our odds boffins may have underestimated him.
Punters with 50-1 dockets about this fellow can probably be forgiven for being smug about Snugsborough’s chance in Wednesday’s feature!
A relatively decent hurdler, the 10-year-old is rated over a stone better over the bigger obstacles and ran an absolute crackerjack on his first start over Aintree’s Grand National fences in the Topham Chase in April, when fourth of 26 combatants behind Livelovelaugh.
His next outing in a handicap chase at Punchestown later that month was a complete non-event as he lost all chance at the start when another animal whipped around in front of him and badly hampered him. Mountrath magician Liam Cusack then decided to revert him to hurdles and he landed a Killarney handicap in May before returning to the same course for a lovely pipe opener for this famous event in a flat maiden earlier in July when a creditable third.
Despite that fourth in Liverpool, the handicapper has dropped him 3lb over fences and backers have taken note.
This fellow was a pretty decent novice hurdler, never finishing out of the three in four outings and landing contests at Thurles and Leopardstown last year.
The seven-year-old’s shrewd handler John Queally has had him in fine fettle this year and after finishing a close sixth to Jazzaway at Punchestown in April, he returned to the same venue to readily justify favouritism by six lengths from Future Proof the following month.
He’s now had a couple of months away from hurdles in public, but was far from disgraced in a flat handicap at The Curragh last month, when third to Dalton Highway only beaten three and a quarter lengths.
That outing should have him cherry ripe for this ultra-tough engagement, but the vibes are right with some clever backers having got on the Arcadio gelding at as big as 16-1.
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