As conditions are set to deteriorate overnight and through into tomorrow, this 3m 3f handicap chase could develop into an even greater test of stamina than at first anticipated, so with that in mind, KNOCKANRAWLEY (best price 14/1)
is equipped with all the necessary tools to make a big impact. Other than one inexplicably poor run when pulled up in a Grade 2 hurdle two seasons ago, Kim Bailey’s charge hardly ever runs a bad race and he continued that consistent profile in his first season over fences – winning twice and hitting the frame four times in six starts. The pick of those performances came when he finished a creditable fourth in the gruelling Eider Chase at Newcastle on his final start and armed with the knowledge that the son of Portrait Gallery goes particularly well fresh, this strong-staying grey looks set to put up a bold show for his in-form barn.
Knockanrawley - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1
GRENDISAR (best price 10/1)
is taking longer than usually to come to the boil, but there’s more than a fair chance that he will turn the corner now he’s racing back at his favourite track. Marco Botti’s charge has quite remarkably consistent C&D figures of 211123 and as virtually all of those performances have arisen when there’s been a strong pace for him to shoot at, a decent-size, quality field and the likelihood of plenty of pace should ensure he gets the perfect set up for his stalk and pounce style of racing. Both Niceofyoutotellme and This Is The Day were huge considerations here, but their desperate draws rather tempter enthusiasm.
Grendisar - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1
KAYF BLANCO (best price 7/1)
shaped with plenty of promise on his seasonal return over today’s C&D last time and he looks poised to run another solid race around a track that clearly plays into his strengths. Second to the useful Beatabout The Bush on his previous visit to the Yorkshire venue, Graeme McPherson’s inmate produced another solid performance when finishing a creditable third in a hot handicap won by Cooper at the Charlie Hall meeting two weeks ago. Sure to strip fitter for that run, this consistent and reliable son of Kayf Tara looks booked for another podium finish at worst.
Kayf Blanco - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1
LADY FANDANGO (best price 7/2)
has exhibited distinct signs of ability on her two starts to date and she makes plenty of appeal in race that only revolves around a select few. Gordon Elliot’s charge ran a good deal better than her final finishing position suggested in a decent maiden at Navan on debut and it was encouraging to see her build on that performance with a more polished display at Dundalk last time. Backed from 25/1 into 13/2, clearly connections expected more improvement than the market anticipated and although she narrowly failed to yield a return for her legion of supporters, this contest provides the ideal opportunity for the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor to repay the faith.
Lady Fandango - 1pt e/w @ 7/2