DELEGATING (best price 13-2) shaped with an immense amount of promise on his racecourse debut at Naas seven days ago and he should have learnt enough to be a good deal more competitive this time around. Slowly away at the Co Kildare venue, Michael O’Callaghan’s inmate found himself at the back of the pack in what turned out to be a steadily-run affair and, as a consequence, when the field quickened going inside the final two furlongs, he naturally got outpaced. The son of Delegator, however, did come home with plenty of gusto in the climb to the line without being unduly punished and providing he can get away on more favourable terms on this occasion, a podium finish looks well within his capabilities at the very least.
TIME TO REASON (best price 11-2) has worked his way through the ranks in a very measured fashion and having already proven himself suitable to today’s C&D with a well-deserved victory here last time, Johnny Murtagh’s inmate looks booked for another positive show. Runner-up in a very strongly-run maiden at Leopardstown the time before, the son of Kyllachy had far too much stamina for the well-backed favourite and clear form pick, Flowerhill Nova, and as that solid performance came on a soft surface, any rain in the area – which is forecast – will come as an added bonus.
A shock 33-1 winner over today’s course two starts ago, YES MAN (best price 5-1) was in the process of proving that success was no fluke until falling with the race seemingly at his mercy at Wexford last time out and he can make amends returning to the scene of that initial victory in what looks a fairly weak race. Although he was hard ridden when capsizing at the second last, Denis Cullen’s charge gave the impression he very much in control of matters at the time and providing he’s suffered no ill-effects from that untimely tumble, he has a fine chance of getting back on track racing over a trip which should play into his strengths.