Our resident pundit has three bets in Ireland this afternoon, including a nap at Cork..
As a general rule of thumb, the middle of the track at this venue has been favoured over the years when the going turns soft, so with that in mind, CHILDHOOD (best price 8-1) has a decent chance of exploiting a possible high draw bias in this competitive nursery. Following promising efforts on her first two starts over today’s course, Willie McCreery’s filly got off the mark at the third time of asking with a breakthrough success at Down Royal and given that she hasn’t been seen out since, connections have clearly had this race in mind ever since. The form of that race at the Co Down venue has been boosted subsequently by the runner-up and hailing from a stable whose runners continue to thrive, the daughter of Lonhro looks a must for any shortlist.
Like quite a few of his new recruits inherited from the Willie Mullins stable, it will be interesting to see what impact Gordon Elliot has on TELL US MORE (NAP) (best price 11-4) since switching to the Co Meath handler, but given how well things are going for the current Gold Cup winner trainer, it’s hard to see the change having a negative effect on this imposing chasing type. Unlucky not to land a Grade 2 prize at Navan on his penultimate start, the son of Scorpion rounded off the season by chasing home the useful Sub Lieutenant in another Graded contest at Naas and providing he is fit enough to do himself justice after a 224-day layoff, he has the class to make short work of today’s workaday handicappers.
ECOEYE (best price 11-2) always has to be of some interest when the ground is on the testing side and he makes plenty of each-way appeal with four places on offer with conditions in his favour. A heavy ground winner at Roscommon three starts ago, the son of Echo Of Light has unluckily been just touched off on his last two outings at Listowel and Limerick respectively and if he hadn’t drifted towards the un-favoured inside of the track at the latter venue, he probably would have added to his winning tally. Likely to be prominently ridden over a course that favours being up with the pace, Augustine Leahy’s inmate should give another solid account.