Andy has three selections this afternoon, two from the Curragh and one from Newton Abbot.
LITTLE PRAIRIE (NAP) (best price 9-1) has had more than her fair share of bad luck in recent times and she can run much better than her odds suggest providing she receives a decent rub of the green this time around. Unlucky in the run when sixth in a competitive handicap at Naas three starts ago, the daughter of Exceed And Excel suffered the same fate in a similar contest at Leopardstown last time out and given how well she finished off her race once out on the clear at the Dublin venue, she clearly has the ability to go close in a race of this nature.
3.45 Newton Abbot
BULLETPROOF (best price 8-1) has improved significantly over the last twelve months and based on his recent success at Kempton, his rapid ride through the ranks shows no signs of stopping any time soon. A dual winner over today’s C&D last season, the son of Wareed was entitled to have needed the run on his return to the West Country track following an 194-day break back in May (ran without usual cheekpieces), but with headgear back on and that initial run under his belt, he bounced back to his very best form at Kempton his most recent outing. Today’s big field and likely strong pace should suit ideally and it would come as a surprise if Ken Cunningham-Brown’s inmate wasn’t involved in the finish in some way.
BOCCA BACHATA (best price 6-1) has dined at the very top table throughout most of her career and she looks poised to run another huge race at a track where her track stats read 45313442. On her most recent visit to the Co Kildare venue, Jessica Harrington’s charge was the only horse to offer any resistance to the brilliant filly minding in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes and a repeat of that sort performance will surely be good enough to see her hit the fame at the very least.