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River Derwent won here on Wednesday night and Notforalongtime could run well but I’m on Dutch Glory for Ross O’Sullivan, who is a course and distance winner. Siobhan Rutledge is on board and claiming 3lbs. She finished third at Dundalk in December and she could be the value pick after getting a decent draw in stall eight. If she settles, she will go close.
Aisling Oscar stands out after winning at Dundalk last month. He beat Mary Bagot and he’s gone up 4lbs for that last victory, which is actually a light punishment. He travelled really well last time out and there is more improvement to come. I don’t want to be against him.
Joseph O’Brien’s Nerano should be very hard to beat. He finished third at Dundalk last time out and considering how that race went for him it was a decent performance. Given he’ll be a short price, the forecast of Nerano / With Pepper Noir could be a value pick. The Gavin Cromwell runner should show improvement and he can chase Nerano home.
Gioiella ran well on her Irish debut last time out in December and she can improve. She sets the standard but I’m with Johnny Murtagh’s Lauroline, who is a better value selection. She finished sixth at Leopardstown last time out in the summer and she’s coming in off a layoff. She has a decent record fresh.
Charlisse can go well from a decent draw in stall four but I like On Our Radar, who’s a course winner. He’s unexposed over this trip and he’s been crying out for this step up in distance to a mile. He finished third last time out but he can get his head in front this time.
This is a decent race. Star Harbour could go well and he could be better than his fourth last time out. Satono Chevalier was an eye-catcher at Dundalk in September but he was lacklustre in December. I’m on Morning Logic for Thomas Coyle, who won here on his Flat debut just before Christmas. That form has held up and there was no fluke about his win. He can go close again.
Tara Power is going to be popular in the market but despite finishing second here last last time out, I’m against her. Moondharrig won last time out when blinkered for the first time. He’s open to more improvement and he’s only gone up 4lbs for his victory. Wesley Joyce takes off 5lbs for Eoin Doyle too so he’ll go well.
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Power Drive will be hoping to get a big lead, while Snag It will also hope to make the running. I’m with Adrian Murray’s Alex The Great, who is my bet of the night. He finished third at Dundalk last month and that was a decent run. He travelled really well down the inside and he rallied late on. He’s dropping in trip but he’s so unexposed and open to improvement. The strong gallop will bring out his stamina and he’s well handicapped off a mark of 60.
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