THE CASHEL MAN
clocked a fair time for a stayer of his grade when last seen in early August and providing he’s fit enough to do himself justice following a 55-day layoff, he has enough scope and progression to defy an 11lb rise in the weights. Certainly, the subsequent performances of those he defeated that day – predominately Amour De Nuit – suggest the son of High Chaparral could still be some way ahead of the official assessor and hailing from a yard whose horses appear to be in pretty rude health at present, hopes are high he can deliver the goods. The only other three-year-old in the line-up, Burmese, looks the chief threat on the basis of his speed figures and similarly upwardly mobile profile.
The Cashel Man - 1pt @ 2/1Lost 1pt
The form and the speed figures of the classy 6f handicap back here in August look rock solid, so the wisest strategy would be to play the winner and third out of that race against the field, namely BALMONT MAST
. The former has been a grand servant for connections over the years and even though he’s run many commendable races on the turf, he appears to save all his best form for the tonight’s track, as figures since 2011 of 12411233132 testify. His latest victory proved he has plenty of fire left in his belly despite the sands of time going in the wrong direction and even though he’s failed to quite hit the heights of that gutsy success in two subsequent starts on grass, the likelihood is Edward Lynam’s charge will bounce back to his best now racing on his favoured surface. The latter has been nothing short of a revelation since joining Georgios Pakidis and even though he has a bit to find on the figures with several of tonight’s runners – including the main selection – it would come as little surprise to see him run above expectations. Since December of last year, his course form reads 13121121 and given the fact he managed to win over 5f on his latest outing, just goes to prove what sort of shape the son of Verglas is in at the present moment in time.
Balmont Mast - 1pt @ 5/1Lost 1pt
Togoville - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Placed 0.7pt