GLENWOOD FOR EVER (best price 8/1)
was a shade unlucky not to finish closer than he did here last week and with his sights now lowered, Paul Gilligan’s charge has every chance of finally breaking his duck over fences under rules. Clearly connections were pot-hunting for prize money earlier in the campaign, running their charge out of his depth in Grade 2 races at Gowran and Naas, but back in to more realistic company, the son of King’s Theatre ran a blinder in what turned out to be a decent affair on the speed figures at Wexford two starts ago. In finishing runner up to the useful Westerner Point, the eight-year-old posted his best set of figures so far to date, and with the winner and the third, both going on to advertise the quality of the race subsequently, the form looks solid. Having ridden him down at the Leinster venue, Rachael Blackmore teamed up with him again over today’s C&D eight days ago and if it wasn’t for getting badly hampered going for an ambitious run up the inside rail after the second last, the duo might have prevailed. Either way, it was still a useful return from this former point-to-point winner and he rates a cracking each-way bet at his top morning odds in what appears a much weaker affair.