As Fairy Foxglove proved when winning here the other night, raiders who’ve been plying their trade under the floodlights of Dundalk can be very dangerous when shipping up at the Dunstall Park venue and CORECZKA(best price 7/1) can reward the trip over the Irish Sea for her forward-thinking set of connections. Since the application of a hood, the daughter of Intense Focus has really turned over a new leaf and that has been backed up by her recent results on an all-weather surface. A close-up third behind the 84-rated Zubera in a claimer was rewarded with her maiden victory in a competitive handicap a week later and that effort was followed by another solid performance in a similar contest last time out.
Having already knocked at the door on several previous visits to these shores, hopefully today can be the day when Clare Cannon’s charge makes the breakthrough and up against a field of largely exposed workaday handicappers, there’s every chance she could do just that.
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The combination of a tongue tie and cheekpieces appears to have galvanised TIJUCA(best price 4/1) of late and another positive display looks in the offing from Ed De Giles’ inmate based on her last two performances. The time figure she posted when bursting into life over this course two starts ago suggested she could be capable of overcoming the 8lb rise dished out for punishment and although she failed in her bid to rub the handicapper’s nose in the dirt at Kempton next time, she did more than enough to indicate she might well have the last laugh.
The fact that she managed to finish so close to the main protagonists after totally fluffing the start backs up that view and now returning to the scene of her career-best performance with an extra furlong seen as an advantage, the daughter of Captain Rio should turn out to be a fairly safe each-way investment.