SLEEPY HEAD returned from a layoff in excess of 540 days to go close (less than 2 lengths behind the winner) to claim fifth over course and distance last time out. She’s undoubtedly going to strip abundantly fitter for that run and the trainer has sent out a few recent winners in the past fortnight. With the yard going well, the horse holding a good course and distance record and improvement likely despite her advancing years she’s hard to ignore.
Irish Poseidon has been ultra consistent having only finished outside of the top three once in his last twelve starts. He claimed victory over course and distance last time out and has only gone up a few pounds for that success. Likely to be on the premises once again and foolish to overlook however this looks a tougher contest this time around.
Of the remainder Clonard Abbey and Cliara pose a serious threat and look best of the rest.
Despite never tasting success on the all-weather PATCHOULI produced her best performance on an artificial surface last time out when fifth over today’s course and distance. She overcame an eleven month absence and still produced a solid effort so with fitness now on her side she’s expected to go even closer this time around.
Both Foreign Legion and Kudbegood had decent turf campaigns this season and both returned to the all-weather to grab a place in their most recent outings. Likely to be in the mix once again they can’t be ignored and neither can the only course and distance winner in the line up Enchanted One who is now 8lbs below his last winning mark.
Siding with a nine race maiden may seem foolish however the Eddie Lynam trained NEW YORK BALLET looks worth supporting after a very encouraging third here just two starts back. Two of her three only top four finishes came here at Dundalk so after a poor effort at Cork a return to this venue looks a positive move. The yard seemed to have hit a purple patch with a victory and a place from the last three runners they’ve sent out. Now the four year old is set to lineup in this low grade contest and she may be worth a close eye especially if she attracts market support.
Course victors Legal Thriller and Latchet know what it takes to win around here so immediately deserve respect and the ever consistent Adapt To Dan shouldn’t be far away either.
NEW YORK BALLET written by Rory Paddock