19:15 Curragh Fri 16 August 2019
Was in good form on the sand at Dundalk last winter but three starts on turf this season, including in a hurdle last time, have left plenty to be desired. This looks a bit easier but all the same, has a bit to prove at present.
No issue with this trip or likely soft ground, but needs to put a below par effort at Ballinrobe last time out behind her. To that end, cheekpieces added today could help the situation, and she's not out of this.
Stayed on into midfield at Galway (12f) last time out and drop back to this trip is not likely to pose any problems. Goes handicapping on a fair mark for top yard and has to be considered, with improvement likely.
Definite improvement when fifth behind the useful Buildmeupbuttercup at Galway last time, but handicapper gives him a proper boot for it, putting him up 14lb. Looks harsh, and the form may not be that solid. Risky.
Only beaten ½l at Ballinrobe in June (9½f) on rain-softened ground, so should stay, and drop back to a mile was probably against her last time out. Chances if bouncing back then.
Running with some consistency at present but equally, it would be fair to say the handicapper has him about right. Slower ground would probably be no help either, and not hard to look elsewhere.
Handles soft ground well, as she showed at Gowran Park last October (1m), but not seen out since April and likely to need this to put her straight. May have more improvement to come though, so worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Very well backed to take a claimer at Ballinrobe last time but was well beaten again, and connections now go for a hood to help her settle better. Looks risky at present, and no guarantees this trip is what she wants either.
Looked hard work at Sligo last time, stayed on late for fourth, and no surprise that connections are giving blinkers a try. Early days so could improve a little if they do the trick, and not totally out of this, with conditions probably fine.
Not beaten far over a mile at Gowran Park in May but that run very much the highlight of his five starts so far. Trip probably fine but needs improvement from somewhere.
Caught the eye when finishing midfield at Bellewstown last time and looked one to note when going into handicaps, so of interest here. Hood now added too, and if he finishes his race off better, could have a say.
No win in 11 starts but almost got off the mark at Naas two starts ago, denied by a nose. Bit below par last time but winner of that has gone in again since, so if handling likely slower conditions here, has chances.
Much better when third at Down Royal (12f) last time, possibly unlucky not to get closer but still run all the same. Drop back in trip possibly not ideal but might now be going forward and as such, can't be discounted here.
Hard to find many positives from her recent starts and although the handicapper is already dropping her chunks, she makes little appeal on what she's achieved so far.
Hadn't shown much before her midfield finish at Killarney last time but she did catch the eye there, and might have done better with a clear run. With top yard and improvement likely again at some stage, so has to be considered.
Not progressing and was well beaten at Sligo last time, the step up in trip there seemingly doing little to help. Others makes much more appeal.
His effort at Gowran Park two starts ago wasn't dreadful but that run aside, there's little to shout about this year and the handicapper agrees, dropping him another 2lb for his latest Naas effort. Needs to get back on track.
Killarney effort over 11f on his latest start was at least a step in the right direction and hinted at better to come, and as he's only had the five starts, some improvement is possible here.
Not much promise to be taken from her first four efforts but it was better at Killarney last time , staying on for fourth in a 1m claimer. Needs more over a new trip today, but at least that was a step forward.
Best run from his seven starts to date came at Naas in April (1m), finishing third. Probably did too much too soon back there last time so that run best forgiven, and he's worth a second look here.
Four starts have seen him sent off big prices every time, and finish well beaten, so hard to take many positives from them. No better on first start in a handicap last time, and hard to fancy.
Was going nowhere quickly when last seen out in the spring, so needs the break to have done him a lot of good. Trip and likely slow ground unknowns too, and it all looks a bit too much to take on trust.
No wins or places in eight starts but there was a hint of better to come at Killarney last time and the addition of cheekpieces here is interesting. Gets another bit of help from the handicapper and is worth a glance in the market for any support.
Some promise to be taken from her four starts to date and this step up to 10f may well bring about a bit of improvement, as might the addition of some headgear. With top yard and too soon to write her off.
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