Exeter has been abandoned but Andy still has three bets from Sandown and Dundalk.
Label Des Obeaux was Alan King’s third winner of this race in the last eight years twelve months ago and there’s a good chance that MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (NAP) (best price 5-2) can provide the Barbury Castle handler with more cheer in the Esher feature. Having begun the season 4lb lower than when finishing a creditable seventh in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival, he took advantage of that leniency with a silky-smooth performance on his return at Bangor. Always going well in the hands of Daryl Jacob, the lightly-raced four-year-old won with any amount in hand and even though today’s task represents a total different sort of examination paper, he should have the necessary qualities to bridge the gap.
AGGRESSION (best price 15-8) created a favourable impression when scoring over tonight’s C&D last time and he looks in the sort of form that could see him repeat the dose in this slightly better race. Having caught the eye the time before, it was no great surprise to see Michael O’Callaghan’s inmate build on that performance 56-days on and, given the way he went through that race before quickening nicely in the closing stages, points towards him being hugely competitive in all the big 5f sprint contests to be run here over the next few months.
Although beaten by the main selection in the same race last time out, SAHREEJ (best price 9-1) has to be given plenty of credit for getting so close to the winner given he was inconvenienced by the draw and he has to be worth a small saver. Not for the first time, Adrian Keatley’s charge has run well swimming against the tide over tonight’s C&D and with the potential of some improvement to come and a better trap position in stall 2, he makes the most appeal of the rest at his top morning odds.