Andy thinks a Nigel Twiston-Davies inmate could follow up under a penalty at Stratford.
FOXTAIL HILL (NAP) (best price 5-2) clocked a rare old time for a horse of his grade when breaking his duck at the fourth time of asking at Worcester last week and providing he’s in a similar vein of form this afternoon, a quick follow up under a penalty looks a distinct possibility. The way he went through the race before powering clear in the closing stages at the Midland venue points towards a horse right on top of his game at present and as he’s likely to get another decent pace to run at courtesy of several runners in the line-up, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ inmate makes plenty of appeal at a track where he recorded his only other career victory.
KIERA ROYALE (best price 7-1) and OMEGA SPRINGS (best price 10-1), second and fourth respectively in a similar contest at Punchestown last time out are worth playing to small beer against the field returning to a track where they’ve both gone well in the past. The former, although yet to win a race yet over hurdles, can’t be faulted for her consistency and another solid run looks on the cards, while the latter has to be given a fine chance on form if he can repeat his success when accounting for subsequent scorer Summer Storm at Gowran two starts ago.
TRADE MARKED (best price 15-2) just got caught out when dropped back to the minimum trip at Galway last time out, but at the same time, he did more than enough to suggest a return to a distance more in-keeping with his overall profile could see him once again to the fore. Prior to that decent effort under the circumstances at Ballybrit, Augustine Leahy’s charge turned in an eye-popping performance over today’s track with a victory of significant comfort and this strong-travelling type, who threatens to improve now tried over three miles, rates a decent bet at his morning quotes.
Although KING OF THE WOLDS (best price 11-1) ran consistently well last season, at the same time he also gave out signals that he may have just gone a little stale, so it might well be that a change in stable might just reinvigorate this one-time potentially useful chaser. Rated 132 at his best, the son of Presenting has slipped down to a mark he last took advantage of at Ayr back in 2015 and if local connections have found the key to him, it would come as little surprise to see him go well first time off the shelf.