It’s rare that we see trainer Henry De Bromhead saddle a horse on the all-weather and certainly not over six furlongs yet here we see former course victor Royal Highness set to lineup as one of the more fancied runners in the opener. After her fourth last time out she looks set for a big run but I’m hoping I’ve found value elsewhere.
I’m a massive fan of trainer Denis Hogan and with an ever growing string he often has a couple of runners in large handicaps and there’s no difference with the yard sending out three runners in this. My selection hails from this trio but isn’t the well fancied Tony The Gent who, although is more than capable at this level is a bit high up in the weights and hasn’t been given the best draw. Fellow stablemate BOITRON does get my vote however despite a very poor performance after a 526 day absence. The four year old should strip much fitter for his latest run and should relish the return to six furlongs. It’s easy to forget he’s a former listed winner so is more than capable at this level and with a low draw can go very close.
HERE’S HOPING has shown very little in his first three starts but I reckon the five year old has been crying out for a drop in trip and finally gets that at the fourth time of asking. I’m convinced this shorter distance will aid his chances and if he acts well on the all-weather could go much better than many predict for a trainer who has great success at Dundalk.
Wojood deserves their spot as favourite after a victory and a third in their last three starts and seems the most likely to trouble our tip.
written by Rory Paddock