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A tricky handicap to start the night where John McConnell saddles two runners Rita Levi and Kartayaz. Rita Levi steps up to 1m 4f while Kartayaz won here two starts ago over 1m 2f and we can update the run last time when a staying on fifth after a rough passage over this 1m 4f trip. Rider Donagh O’Connor is in a rich vein of form and looks a bit of value against the field despite the wide draw in stall 17.
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Division II of the 1m 4f handicap could go to Born Leader who ran really well three starts ago here and a return to that form with Danny Sheehy on board could represent a bit of value.
A one-mile handicap follows and one of our winners last Friday was Adapt to Dan and he gets in here on a technicality as his penalty for winning last week hasn’t kicked in yet. Adapt to Dan is now rated 67 in this 45-65 handicap and should prove too good again for his rivals under 3lb claimer Danny Sheehy. He’s got a very good stall draw in box three and should take a bit of beating. The alternative could be Take My Hand beside him in stall four.
Bright Glory was a big price last week but met interference at the furlong pole to deny him a place. Mick Halford’s runner has been no favours by the stall 14 draw so Kudbegood might be a better win project. Trained by Matthew Smith, he should have a clearer passage from his stall 10 draw after a decent run here last month when second to Indianan Grey over this trip. I’ll make him my nap of the night.
A six-runner race but it’s still a bit of a puzzle as four of them meet again after racing last week. Of that quartet, Dubirango was probably finishing the best over the 7f trip and the step up to a mile should suit now. However, the top-weight Satin Snake has been crying out for a mile recently and can score in the cheek pieces.
This is the best race of the night and it’s hard to see beyond the 113 rated Thunder Moon, trained by Joseph O’Brien. He was a potential Guineas horse at one stage, and this looks a penalty kick but he’ll be short enough in the market. His stablemate San Andreas could be the one to chase him home.
A three-year-old Fillies Maiden over 7f and some big yards are represented. A few of these met here in another maiden last September and Johnny Murtagh’s Kadinnka finished just in front of Silk Damask that day and can do so again despite the bad draw in stall 15. She hit the line well that day and if she breaks well and gets a forward position on Friday night, she can win this contest.
A really competitive 6f sprint to close the card and Paddy’s paying an extra place for the fifth time tonight and we may need it. Brushwork for Johnny Levins is relatively unexposed and steps up to 6f again after winning over 5f last time having joined the Curragh trainer last September. Queens Carriage looks to be going the right way and can step up on her run behind Brushwork last time having been off the track for three months before that run.
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