Victory for Markhan at Listowel on Sunday finally got trainer David Marnane off the unwanted cold list (had gone 65 days and 27 runners without a winner prior to that), and with the belief his team may have just started to turn the corner, MOSTAWFEE (best price 16-1)
may continue the resurgence of the Co Tipperary handler. The Dandy Man gelding shaped with plenty of promise on his only start as a two-year-old at Dundalk last year, but it was his latest performance at Navan which really caught the eye and suggested he may have plenty to offer for the future. Dropped back down in trip to six furlongs, the scopey three-year-old made up plenty of headway in the latter stages of that maiden at the Co Kildare venue and given that he wasn’t subject to a particularly hard ride, and he got hampered several times in the run, the performance deserves to be upgraded. Despite the positives, he does have to overcome Kidd Malibu, who ran with tons of promise on his debut and, having his third run for a handicap mark, there’s always a chance that connections would sooner be pressing all the right buttons after he gets a rating off the official assessor. That said, the combination of his raw ability and his price make him too irresistible to miss, and he has to be worth a small each-way interest just in case he’s allowed to run on his merits.