The very first thing to point out here is that this assembly will be the very first one where there’s a huge field about the recently-redeveloped straight track, so consequently the draw will be of some significance. Regards this particular race, the two-year-old contest half-an-hour before ought to give punters some type of guide as to where the best earth is therefore it could be worth hanging on until as late as you can before becoming heavily involved.
FACE OFF (best price 9-1) arrives in decent shape following a solid performance in a hot handicap in the Curragh last time outside and providing his draw booth one over on the far side doesn’t prove to be her undoing, she’s enough quality to make her presence felt. Having felt in impressive fashion the time before at Navan, Charles O’Brien’s filly has been well-backed to follow up despite being off the trail for 62 times and even though she came up a bit short in her bid for glory, she definitely wasn’t disgraced in finishing a close-up third behind the in-from Master Matt (runner-up at the Curragh last night). Coming through carefully in the end, the four-year-old gray shaped like an excess furlong would not go bankrupt and she remains one to keep on side while in her present mindset.
The recent rain might have only gone from a season’s winner Gunmetal so it can pay to look elsewhere to get a brand new name to the winners’ prize. Dakota Gold, runner-up twelve weeks ago, will not mind the ground and in addition, he arrives in better shape than his previous rival as a result of his gutsy success from front at York last time out, so for all those reasons, Michael Dods’ five-year-old needs to be shortlist material.
Another for whom it’s impossible to not include calculations is SUMMERGHAND (best cost 10-1) and he rates as a rather solid-looking each-way proposal. A creditable fifth at the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, David O’Meara’s inmate surpassed that feat marginally in the Stewards Cup out time along with a repeat of either performance will certainly be good enough to see him in the combination. Additionally, he has plenty of form on soft ground and he has also proven on the C&D, so it’s difficult to dismiss his apparent claims.
When there was such a thing as the prize for the unluckiest loser during this year’s Galway Festival, BECKWITH PLACE (NAP) (best cost 15-8) would have won it hands down and he’s strongly fancied to gain deserved compensation.
A big eye-catcher time before at Bellewstown once he had been crying for space in a critical point, a similar fate awaited Tracey Collins’ gelding at Ballybrit, but with considerably more severe effects for punters. A heavily-backed favorite on the last race on the card on day two (4-1 into 2-1), the son of Mastercraftsman forfeited his decent low draw using a tardy start and from there onwards that he was always playing catch up. He did, but finish his race off with such gusto that only a entire madman could have contended he was not the very best horse on the race by a mile, along with together with the winner, Make A Challenge going on to score twice afterwards, the form could not be any stronger. Regardless of being deservedly 5lb greater, we know that he arrives in tremendous shape and with terms to suit, so that there can’t be too many explanations if he neglects to provide with a transparent run.
CONTRAPPOSTO (best price 5-1) has been ditch the life out of his fans, but to be honest to the five-year-old, he’s been in rather choppy seas of overdue and he might just turn out to be better off, such as he is now, as a large fish in a small pond.
Apart from when being asked to race over a distance, the son of Cacique has conducted pretty well when he’s struck a more realistic test and his latest effort when fourth at Gowran only farther advertised his propensity to hold his own against a few practical middle-distance handicappers. The likes of Perfect Tapatino, Trossachs, and De Name Escapes Me are capable of blending it in large maximal handicaps and when it was not for meeting acute interference inside the last two furlongs, then Ann O’Shea’s gelding might have accepted the scalps of that illustrious trio. Although his normal pilot isn’t the epitome of grace from the saddle, at least he understands his bracket nicely and with gentle earth very much in favour of the five-year-old, the very best weight can make his course tell at the weakest race he has encountered for a while.
Supporters of MOLLY KAYE (best price 9-2) had to wait quite a while for her to eventually get her mind in front, but such was the manner of this winning performance at Ballinrobe last time out, which it’s simple to see her repeating the dose.
Unlucky to stumble upon the likes of Linger (obtained twice at Galway) and Galeola (won two since) before, 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 very well after the gap appeared rounding the home turn in the two rod and from the moment onwards, so the race has been always in safe-keeping. A well-balanced type who certainly does not mind winging around tight, tight right-handed bends, delicate earth is surely no issue either and it’s difficult to see her not going well with seemingly plenty in her favour. Evidently, first book Havingagoodtime would seem a handicap off a marker of 45 compared to his obstacle form if he were to find a run, but it’s well worth pointing out his coach, Henry De Bromhead has gone over two weeks and 21 runners because a triumph. Food for thought.

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