The form of recent 1m 4f premier handicap at the Curragh looks extremely strong and ALVEENA (best price 11-4)
and MANDAMUS (best price 33/1)
are worth taking out of that smart contest and playing against today’s field. The former is clearly a progressive filly, and although she was beaten fair and square on the day, the horse that beat her, Repeater, went on to boost the form with a tremendous display at Epsom next time out. Prior to that smart effort, she’d scored in tidy fashion at Leopardstown, and with plenty of useful form on a softish surface, Dermot Weld’s charge should go well again providing the first-time visor has a galvanising effect. The latter takes a little more explaining, but there is a school of thought that Sheila Lavery’s inmate has a better chance that his 33/1 quotes suggest. Only beaten three lengths in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown on his first attempt over 1m 4f, the son of Lawman caught the eye with the way he finished off his race at the Curragh last time, and although he clearly has a bit to find with several of today’s rivals, he’s worth a shy at the stumps given his tempting morning odds.