COLLA PIER(best price 10/3) proved herself to be a cracking little mare for previous connections and she rates an interesting contender on her first start for the Robert Hennessy barn. Working her way through the ranks for Pat Mooney, the daughter of Hawk Wing went from winning a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle off a mark of 102 to running a blinder in a listed race at Down Royal next time out. The seven-year-old then ran another creditable race against similar company at Newbury on Hennessy Day and although she got well beat on her latest outing in the Coral Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown, the combination of a first-time tougue-tie and the heavy ground counted against her. Back on a more suitable surface against less exacting company, this likable mare looks sure to go well and make the trip over the Irish Sea well worthwhile.
Colla Pier - 1pt e/w @ 10/3Placed -0.33pt
Race fitness has to be worth several lengths advantage on heavy ground at this time of season, so with that in mind, JET SETTING (NAP)(best price 16/1) may be capable of punching above her weight being one of the two that have had the benefit of a previous outing. Although it was only a maiden she won on her seasonal return, Adrian Keatley’s charge did post some smart figures in beating a strongly-fancied Dermot Weld runner and with the pair pulling well clear of the field, the race looked an above-average affair. Prior to that breakthrough success, the daughter of Fast Company had run well in a listed event in France, so she’s not totally adverse to running in pattern class and hailing from a yard that has made a bright start to the new campaign, she rates the value each-way call at 20/1.