2.15 Thurles

Backing long-standing maidens on a regular basis is usually a one-way ticket to the poor house, but in the case of EXIT SEVEN (best price 11/4), he can hopefully prove an exception to the rule. On his last two starts, Thomas McCourt’s inmate has certainly shown enough to suggest it can’t be too long before he snaps his unwanted losing streak and he looks to have everything in his favour today to finally piece it all together. When he swept to the front going strongly rounding the home turn at Fairyhouse last time out it looked for all the world he was finally going to get the monkey off his back, but unfortunately his jockey sent his mount down the inside on the churned up ground and with his two main rivals charting a course towards the faster strip on the outside, he let the winning opportunity slip through his fingers. Hopefully Andrew Lynch won’t make the same mistake twice as his mount has enough natural ability to easily win a race of this nature off his current mark.
Exit Seven - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt

8.10 Kempton

CARTOGRAPHIC (best price 5/4) did really well to win the other night given the circumstances and a 6lb penalty he picked up for that victory shouldn’t prove sufficient enough to prevent David Evans’ charge from going in again. In a slowly-run race, the son of Henrythenavigator found himself in an unpromising position as the field turned for home, but showing admiral battling qualities, he dug deep into his resources to wear down Feeltherhythm who very much got first run on him as the tempo increased. As that was his first outing for his new yard since leaving Tom Taaffe, it’s safe to assume there will be plenty of improvement to come and if that turns out to be the case, this lightly-raced four-year-old is in the right hands to make hay off his current mark.
Cartographic - 2pt @ 5/4Lost -2pt