Having finished a creditable fourth to Ivanovic Gorbatov in a red-hot juvenile contest at Leopardstown over the Christmas period, TOCORORO (NAP)(best price 5/4) sets a decent standard for the others to breach in this much weaker affair. In a race that produced the best set of figures for four-year-olds so far this season, Gordon Elliot’s charge acquitted herself with a great deal of credit, and with the winner going on to prove a persistently well-backed horse for the Triumph Hurdle subsequently, those that have participated in that particular Festival gamble will be hoping the daughter of Teofilo provides another timely boost to the form (ninth won already).
Tocororo - 2pt @ 5/4
PHILBA(best price 7/2)did remarkably well to land the hat trick here earlier in the week considering he was nailed to the inside rail throughout the race, and that effort in doing so represented by far-and-away his best performance on the figures. Winning from stall one is never easy at the best of times at this course, but to achieved victory over the likes of in-form pair Certificate and Westwood Hoe when they had much better track position throughout was no mean feat by Michael Appleby’s charge. That gutsy win now means the son of Cockney Rebel is now 3-4 on the fibresand since fitted with the tongue-tie and cheekpiece combination and even though the competition remains tough up against recent track winners Zaeem and Captain Lars, his decent draw out wide should ensure he makes a bold fist of adding to that impressive record.