The combination of being too keen and the soft underfoot conditions blunted any chance FABRIC (NAP) (best price 9-4) had of making a winning debut at Newmarket 17 days ago, but she did more than enough to suggest compensation should be forthcoming in the not too distant future. Sent off a well-backed joint-favourite, Richard Hannon’s filly clearly knew her job as she broke alertly and was quickly on the speed, but in trying to conserve her energy for the backend of the race, she burnt herself out to be a spent force as they met the rising ground. However, that early pace she exhibited at HQ can be used to much better effect dropping back in trip on tonight’s quicker ground and even though she faces stern opposition in the shape of Kyllang Rock, who was fourth to Windsor Castle winner, Ardad, on debut, the daughter of Acclamation is expected to more than hold her own.
The performances levels and results of CROCODILE DUNDEE (best price 13-2) have certainly improved since he was fitted with a hood and that general upturn in fortunes can continue in this competitive-looking handicap hurdle. Runner-up to the vastly-improved Fleurys Fort in a 2m 3f contest at Limerick two starts ago, Thomas Cooper’s inmate again saw the backside of the same opponent back at the Munster venue on his latest outing, but there were many positive aspects to that performance despite another frustrating loss. Firstly, the way he travelled through the race was a testimony to a horse who’s current wellbeing can’t be questioned and secondly, the way he finished off his race after not getting the clearest of passages from the back of the third last can also draw huge encouragement for the future. Clearly at home in a big field and on any ground, the son of Westerner looks poised to give another solid account.