Connections of COLLA PIER (best odds 10/1)
resisted the temptation to run their in-form mare at Cheltenham on Friday, but as she would have been racing off an 11lb higher mark against her English counterparts, it’s fair to say they’ve probably made a wise choice to stay on home soil. Following an easy success in a competitive handicap at Fairyhouse, Patrick Mooney’s charge was asked a big question in order to gain some valuable black type in Grade 3 company at Down Royal, and to her great credit, she answered every call in chasing home the widely impressive all-the-way winner Listen Dear. That form represents by far and away her best set of career figures and it came as quite a surprise to find the handicapper had left her on a mark of 111 following that excellent performance. Even though the daughter of Hawk Wing hasn’t always appeared the most trustworthy of characters off the bridle in the past, her current state of mind seems to suggest she’s lost the glass chin tag for the time being and this strong-travelling mare always has to come into the reckoning as an each-way proposition in a race of this nature.