YES DADDY (best price 8-1) was a creditable second in a much stronger race to the one he faces this afternoon at Worcester last time out and he looks booked to go well providing he handles today’s track at the first time of asking. Although Robert Stephens’ inmate couldn’t quite reel back Castlemorris King in the closing stages at the Midland venue 48 days ago, he finished in front of the likes of in-form Dispour, Maestro Royale and Giola De Vita and hailing from a yard that is in a rich vein of form at present, the son of Golan rates a strong each-way punt at top price 8-1.
Both NOBLE SILK (best price 7-1) and CONTINIUM (best price 11-1) were greatly inconvenienced by how the race panned out when running in a similar contest over the same course last time out, but at the same time, they did more than enough to suggest they will be a much more potent force in a conventionally run affair. The former, having his first run of season, would have wanted a much stronger gallop than the one that developed given that he stays beyond 2m well, so he did quite well in the scheme of things to finish as close up as he did in the circumstances. Likely to better for the run, Lucy Wadham’s charge was good enough to finish fourth in the Ascot Stakes the previous season off a mark of 94, so off 3lb lower, he should be enough to feature in the outcome providing there’s a stronger pace on this time around.
The latter also found himself in the cheap seats rounding the home turn courtesy of the funereal gallop so his performance, in finishing a close-up seventh, can similarly be upgraded. Although Peter Hedger’s charge hasn’t won for two years, the first-time visor he wore that day seemed to spark him to life to a certain degree and he’s worth a small interest to see whether he can roll back the years.
RED TEA (best price 4-1) got bogged down in the heavy ground when trying to justify substantial market support at Windsor last time out, but this looks to be a decent opportunity to make amends now racing back on a sound surface. Prior to that body blow at the Berkshire venue, Peter Hiatt’s charge had run an eye-catching race in contest that has worked out a treat subsequently (Kitaaby, Generalship, Shadow Game, Blackout and Lorelina all won since) and a repeat of that performance has to put the daughter of Sahkee bang in the mix off her current handicap mark.
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FULL COURT PRESS (NAP) (best price 6-4) readily brushed aside the opposition to score with any amount on hand at Ballinrobe on Monday night and this appears to be a golden opportunity for Johnny Murtagh’s inmate to follow up that bloodless success under just a 5lb penalty. Always going supremely well in the hands of the trainer’s daughter, the son of Frozen Power cruised to the front going well rounding the home turn and with a shake of the reins, the race was over in a twinkling of an eye. Although he proved that he has an abundance of stamina by winning over 1m 5f that evening, the three-year-old has plenty of solid form over tonight’s trip earlier in the campaign and hailing from a stable that is on a bit of a roll at present, he should keep up the good work for the Co Kildare handler.
King’s Wharf is bound to be a popular choice having scored in tidy fashion for the Willie Mullins stable at Killarney, but he may not get things all his own up against course specialist CURRAGH GOLAN (best price 9-2). On the two occasions Garrett Power’s charge has raced over tonight’s C&D on good ground he has been victorious and even though he failed to back up his previous win here last time out at Killarney, his performance still suggested he remains in fine shape.