Aidan O’Brien’s charge made eyecatching late headway last time and should be supported today.
GLACIAL ROCK (best price 11/2)
has served notice on quite a few occasions that he definitely has a race of this nature well within his compass, it’s just a question of whether he be fit enough to do himself justice on his seasonal return. The lightly-raced son of Sonus looked like he was sure to break his maiden tag on his final outing last season at Perth when sweeping to the front jumping the two out, but he somehow managed to get worried out of the argument in the latter stages by the 14/1 poke, Wind Of Hope. On the positive side, Alistar Whillans’ charge still remains of a handy enough mark and that can be exploited on his first dive into handicap company.
Glacial Rock - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/2Lost -1pts
FINAL ASSAULT (best price 7/4)
had the notebook scribblers running dry on ink after his eye-catching seasonal return at Wetherby last time and hailing from a yard that could win on a rusty bike at present, Lucinda Russell’s inmate makes plenty of appeal at a track where he has gone well in the past. On reflection, he was probably given a shade too much to do at the Yorkshire venue, being asked to give the well-handicapped Village Vic upwards of a 15 length head start, so it was to his great credit that he managed to finish as close as he did at the line. With the winner and the eighth, Distime, both boosting the form since with victories since, the selection looks to have gilt-edged opportunity off just a pound higher mark.
Final Assault - 1pt @ 7/4Won 1.75pts
CREDIT THE GIVER (NAP) (best price 5/1)
was always swimming against the tide given how the race panned out over the C&D last time and he can prove that he’s a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested that night. Dropped out the back in what turned out to be a slowly-run, tactical affair, the son of Bushranger was rather caught out when the tempo increased turning into the home straight and he simply had no chance of making up the lost leeway. To his great credit, however, Aidan O’Brien’s charge did make some eye-catching late headway, enough to certainly suggest he may have gone close to being a more potent threat if he’d been ridden with a little more positivity. Amazingly, the handicapper has somehow given him four pounds back despite that promising effort and with Donnacha taking over from his sister in the saddle, everything looks set fair for a much bolder display.
Credit The Giver - 2pts e/w @ 5/1Placed 0.5pts