16:20 Wetherby Tue 19 March 2019
Finished runner-up on debut for Phil Kirby over an extended 2m3f here on Boxing Day; twice disappointing since; slowly edging down the weights, albeit still plenty high enough; stamina reservations with best form for Ann Hamilton at 2m.
A regular at his local track having competed here on no fewer than six occasions since October; twice narrowly beaten over 3m (by My Old Gold and Minella For Me) so the handicapper continues to inch him ever so steadily up the weights.
A six-time winner over fences, including twice off near identical marks to today's at this track (2m3f+). However, badly out of form for almost 12 months now, so it's difficult to envisage that a revival is on the cards.
Has generally run well at Wetherby throughout his racing career, including when surviving a truly shocking late mistake to score over 3m in December 2017; back from a short break seeking to regain some form of positive momentum.
Brother to the Grand National winner Ballabriggs; has finished runner-up on all three starts over fences; a final fence mistake proved pivotal when beaten a neck by Wishfull Dreaming at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January; up in trip and 2lb higher.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P A KirbyJ: A Nicol|
Lough Salt (2/1), Ballasalla (11/4), Caraline (4/1), Captain Mowbray (6/1), Oak Vintage (6/1)
- Lough Salt
- Captain Mowbray
Ben Linfoot heads to the curtain raising meeting of the Irish Flat turf season at Naas for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Sunday.
Keith Hamer fancies Coningsby to belie his inexperience at Exeter on Sunday - he has a tip for every race.
Ben Coley previews Sunday's card at Naas as Ruby Walsh rides on the opening day of the Irish turf Flat season for his mother and father in a six-furlong maiden.