Andy has five selections on a busy Saturday, including a nap at Tramore this evening.
MONT KIARA 9best price 15-2) clearly finds the stiff nature of the July course to his liking and he looks set to go well again based on his last two performances. A fast-finishing fifth in the big 6f three-year-old handicap and the July Festival, Kevin Ryan’s inmate unsurprisingly gained his just rewards for that promising performance by landing a similar contest back over the C&D two weeks later. Seemingly improving with each race, the son of Kendargent should get the strongly-run race he requires and he rates a decent each-way bet at his top morning price considering the list of positives in his direction.
Based on his run behind the main selection here two starts ago, PADDY POWER (best price 22-1) also looks overpriced at his early quotes. Although beaten four lengths by Kevin Ryan’s inmate, the son of Pivotal ran a good deal better than the bare result suggests and he also caught the eye with the way he finished off his race despite being drawn on the wrong side of the track at Goodwood last time out.
NUNO TRISTAN (best price 10-1) has for some time now suggested one of these big Saturday sprint handicaps is well within his grasp and it would come as no surprise if today was to be his day. A big eye-catcher in a 7f handicap won by Librisa Breeze at Ascot two starts ago, Richard Fahey’s charge narrowly failed to justify heavy support in the consolation Stewards Cup at Goodwood last time out. Almost wiped out as the stalls crashed back, the son of Henrythenavigator did remarkably well to finish third considering what happened to him in the early exchanges and despite his middle draw being a potential impediment, he has enough qualities to overcome such an impost and be a major factor in the outcome of this prestigious prize.
For those that don’t follow the Irish scene stringently, to find MISTY LADY (NAP) (best price 4-1) towards the head of the market based on her three runs on the Flat must come as something of a surprise, but on closer inspection, a more conclusive case can easily be made for John Cullen’s charge. Since her last run on the level 341-days ago, the daughter of Oscar has embarked on a successful campaign over hurdles that has seen her rating catapult from humble beginnings of 85, to the 125 she finds herself racing on at present. At the very peak of her powers, the seven-year-old managed to finish runner-up to the very smart Fethard Player in a competitive Grade C handicap at Down Royal and although she hasn’t been able to capture those heady heights since, it was probably understandable her form tapered off somewhat due to a series of hard races. Although she finished down the field in the end on her most recent outing at Galway, she did cut out a strong pace until lack of a recent run took its toll climbing up the final hill into the straight and with that run likely to have blown away the cobwebs, it would be a major surprise if she wasn’t at least competitive in a race of this nature of a mark of just 48.
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BOLD HENMIE (best price 4-1) was just out-gunned by the in-form Peadar Miguel here last time out, but that solid effort went some way to cementing the five-year-old’s apparent likeness for tonight’s venue and he should go well again under his optimum conditions. Prior to that runner-up spot 13 days ago, Philip Kirby’s inmate has beaten his old rival in tidy fashion at Uttoxeter in the first-time cheekpieces and with the same equipment in evidence once again, the Henrythenavigator gelding rates a rock-solid each-way bet at his top morning price.