The very first point to point out this is that this meeting is going to be the primary one where there is a large field about the recently-redeveloped right trail, so hence the draw will be of some significance. Regards this race, the two-year-old contest half-an-hour before should provide punters some kind of guide as to where the ideal earth is therefore it might be worth hanging on until as late as possible before getting heavily involved.
FACE OFF (best price 9-1) arrives in decent shape after a solid performance at a hot handicap in the Curragh last time out and providing his draw in stall one on the far side doesn’t prove to be her undoing, she’s sufficient quality to make her presence felt. Having felt in remarkable fashion time ahead at Navan, Charles O’Brien’s filly was well-backed to followup despite being away from the trail for 62 days and even though she just came up a bit short in her bid for glory, and she wasn’t disgraced in completing a close-up third supporting the in-from Master Matt (runner-up at the Curragh last night). Coming through carefully in the conclusion, the four-year-old grey shaped like an extra furlong wouldn’t go amiss and she remains one to continue side while in her present mindset.
The rain might have gone from last season’s winner Gunmetal therefore it may pay to appear elsewhere to get a brand new name onto the winners’ trophy. Dakota Gold, runner-up twelve weeks ago, will not mind the floor and he also arrives in better shape than his old rival thanks to his gutsy victory from front at York last time out, so for all those reasons, Michael Dods’ five-year-old needs to be Insulation substance.
The next for whom it’s impossible to not include calculations is SUMMERGHAND (best cost 10-1) and he rates as a fairly solid-looking each-way proposal. A creditable fifth in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, David O’Meara’s inmate surpassed that feat slightly from the Stewards Cup last time out along with a replica of performance will surely be great enough to watch him in the mix. Additionally, he has plenty of form on soft ground and he has also proven over the C&D, therefore it is hard to dismiss his obvious claims.
When there was such a thing as the trophy for the unluckiest loser at this year’s Galway Festival, BECKWITH PLACE (NAP) (best cost 15-8) could have won it hands down and he’s strongly fancied to gain deserved compensation.
A huge eye-catcher the time before at Bellewstown when he had been crying for room in a vital stage, a similar fate awaited Tracey Collins’ gelding at Ballybrit, however with considerably more severe consequences for punters. A heavily-backed favorite on the previous race on the card on day two (4-1 to 2-1), that the son of Mastercraftsman sacrificed his respectable low draw with a tardy start and from there onwards he was constantly playing catch up. He did, but finish his race off with such gusto that just a whole madman could have argued he wasn’t the very best horse on the race by a mile, also together with the winner, Make A Challenge moving on to score twice subsequently, the shape couldn’t be any more powerful. Regardless of being deservedly 5lb higher, we know he arrives here in tremendous shape and with conditions to match, so that there can not be too many excuses if he fails to provide with a clear run.
CONTRAPPOSTO (best price 5-1) continues to ditch the life from his fans, however to be fair to the five-year-old, he’s been in rather choppy seas of late and that he would just prove to become better off, such as he is today, because a big fish in a small pond.
Besides when being asked to race over a distance, the son of Cacique has run fairly well when he’s struck a more realistic test and his most recent effort when fourth in Gowran only farther promoted his propensity to hold his own against a practical middle-distance handicappers. The likes of Perfect Tapatino, Trossachs, and De Name Escapes Me ‘ are all capable of mixing it in large maximal handicaps and when it wasn’t for meeting acute interference inside the final two furlongs, Ann O’Shea’s gelding might have taken the scalps of the illustrious trio. Though his routine pilot is not the epitome of elegance from the saddle, at least he knows his mount nicely and with gentle earth really much in favour of the five-year-old, the top weight may create his course tell at the weakest race he’s encountered for some time.
Supporters of MOLLY KAYE (best price 9-2) had to wait for a long time for her to eventually get her mind in front, but such was the manner of their winning performance at Ballinrobe last time out, that it’s easy to see her repeating the dose.
Unlucky to stumble upon the likes of Linger (acquired two in Galway) and Galeola (won two as ) previously, the daughter of Multiplex was eventually found a race in which there weren’t any superstars lurking in the middle, and she took full advantage in no unclear terms. Constantly travelling well at the Co Mayo place, the six-year-old quickened up well once the gap appeared rounding the home turn in both pole and from that moment onwards, then the race proved to be always in safe-keeping. A well-balanced kind who certainly does not mind winging around tight, right-handed bends, delicate ground is definitely no matter either and it’s hard to see her not going well with apparently lots in her favour. Obviously, first reserve Havingagoodtime would seem a handicap off a mark of 45 in comparison to his hurdle sort if he had to get a streak, but it’s well worth pointing out his trainer, Henry De Bromhead has gone over two weeks and 21 runners since a win. Food for thought.

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