Andy fancies a Gordon Elliott inmate to do the business at Thurles this afternoon.
DE PLOTTING SHED (NAP) (best price 11-4) has always been held in some regard by connections and although his real potential will ultimately be realised when he goes over fences, Gordon Eliot’s charge can still make an impact over the smaller obstacles until that day arrives. Slightly disappointing on his final start last season, the Beneficial gelding cast those memories to one side with an emphatic display on his opening salvo to this campaign and although he isn’t necessarily favoured by the conditions of today’s race, he does have a fitness advantage and plenty of scope for improvement to poke one in the eye of the weights and measures brigade.
BEALLANDENDALL (best price 7-4) ran a race full of promise for new connections at Chepstow on his seasonal reappearance and having already shown a liking for today’s track with a series of fine performances during the last campaign, Deborah Faulkner’s inmate is fancied to capture his second C&D victory at the Shropshire venue. A keen-going sort, the son of Beneficial set out to make all the running at the Welsh venue 12 days ago and although he couldn’t quite maintain the gallop all the way to the line, the performance in finishing fourth was still a creditable one given the qualities of the trio that finished in front of him that afternoon. Likely to be ridden aggressively once again, the eight-year-old should prove difficult to peg back in what looks a fairly modest contest.
SUFI (best price 9-2) shape with a tremendous amount of promise on his de but at Newmarket and he should turn out to be a major player in this contest with just normal improvement. Taking a while to work out what was required at HQ, Richard Hannon’s charge impressed by the way he picked up in the closing stages and running on strongly all the way up the hill, he managed to get within hailing distance of some very promising colts, all of which had the benefit of a previous run. Bound to have learnt massively from that initial outing, the son of Pivotal has the kind of long, raking stride that should be well served by tonight’s surface and he rates a decent each-way bet at his morning odds with all eight runners set to go to post.