UPSTAGING(best price 6-1) was heavily involved in a much better race than the one he faces tonight over the C&D last time out and this largely consistent sort looks set to give another solid account of himself if he runs to the same level two weeks on. Although only sixth in the end, the time figure and subsequent performances of Pixieleen (unlucky second at Nottingham), Spring Fling (looked winner at Doncaster until hanging his chance away) and Jaywalker (won at Sandown) suggests the contest won by Rio Ronaldo was an above-average one for the grade and if the fitting of first-time cheekpieces induce a positive response, the son of Mount Nelson should go a long way to justifying an each-way involvement at 8-1.
The recent spell of inclement weather may be causing sleepless nights for many trainers up and down the length and breathe of the country, but for connections of WHIPPERS DREAM(best price 5-1), they will be delighted to see all the rain around prior to their mare going to post for this competitive handicap. On the three occasions the daughter of Whipper has encountered plenty of give underfoot she’s thrived and that was very much the case at Tipperary two starts ago when she made a mockery of a similar handicap to the one she faces this evening. Although she performed with credit on her follow up bid at Fairyhouse last time out, the ground conditions would have been far too lively for Thomas Foley’s charge, but now the ball is firmly back in her court, she has every chance of finding her way back into the winner’s enclosure.