Andy Holding fancies the Irish raider in the Listed mares' bumper at Sandown.
It’s been a while since Henry Daly had a big high-profile Saturday winner, but in the shape of both FLASHJACK (best price 14/1)
and WILL O’THE WEST (best price 14/1)
, the Shropshire handler has a fine chance of getting his name back in to the spotlight. Although the former hasn’t yet raced beyond 2m, the son of Soapy Danger shapes like a decent test over further will suit, and as most of his best form has been achieved going right-handed on heavy ground, conditions should be ideal for him to run a big race. As of yet, the latter hasn’t looked as classy as his stable mate, but the one thing he has proved, is that he stays really well and that should stand him good stead for his toughest assignment so far to date. His stamina was well and truly needed under arduous conditions at Uttoxeter two starts ago and that same grit and determination was also seen to good effect at Warwick last time out.
Flashjack - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost -1pts
Will O'The West - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost -1pts
The home brigade seem to hold all the aces according to the betting, but the Irish bumper form represented by AVELLINO (best price 10/1)
isn’t too shabby and she’s every chance of running a big race for her ambitious connections. Dermot McLoughlin’s inmate ran way beyond her market expectation on debut when running the very smart Lucky Pass to a length-and-a-half at Fairyhouse and it was no surprise to see her go on and go one place better next time out at Down Royal. The daughter of Muhtahir has gone on to add to that victory when returning to the scene of her smart debut performance and it would be dangerous underestimate her claims with seemingly plenty in her favour.
Avellino - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1Lost -1pts
Having not won in 21 starts, STEELRIVER (best price 9/2)
isn’t exactly maximum stakes material, but he has shown glimpses in his latest performances to suggest he could end that unwanted sequence sooner rather than later. Often slowly away, that trait was once again his downfall last time out over this course and being as 5f is on the sharp side for him in any case, he was never likely to make up the lost leeway. He did, however, finish off his race well enough to suggest he should be a more potent force when stepped back up in trip and being as though they are likely to go a million from the gates crashing back in this ultra-competitive event, that helter-skelter pace will play into his strong-finishing run-style.
Steelriver - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pts
IKERRIN ROAD (best price 11/2)
won tidily enough over today’s C&D 22 days ago and he’s strongly fancied to put up a bold show in this competitive three-year-old contest despite top weight. Always highly regarded by the John Quinn stable, the son of Iffraaj shaped with plenty of promise in both his two turf assignments as a juvenile but he looked much more like the finished model on the evidence his latest display when winning in the style of a potentially useful colt. The form of that decent maiden at the Dunstall Park venue has already been boosted by the runner-up, Torreon, who bolted up back at the same track this week, and from his favoured inside draw, he looks set to make a big impact.
Ikerrin Road - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Placed 0.1pts