Proper soft ground counted against FEED THE GOATER (best price 4-1) when he was sent off a warm favourite here last time out, but he should be a more reliable proposition returning to the scene of that effort back on a quicker surface. A winner three starts back on good-to-firm ground at Brighton, Richard Hannon’s charge was unlucky to bump into stable mate Blackkout on his next outing at Newmarket, but both those two performances point towards this progressive son of Fastnet Rock to be a three-year-old going places and he still looks dangerously well-treated off a mark of 74.
TIME FOR MABEL (NAP) (best price 7-1) has been in rattling good form of late under both codes and following a confidence-boosting success at Limerick 11 days ago, Edward O’Grady’s charge is fancied to atone for his unlucky defeat in a similar contest back here in May. Sent of favourite that day, the son of Soldier Of Fortune looked set to justify his position in the market as he cruised to the front in between the last two flights, but a bad mistake at the last gave all the momentum to Ancient Sands who didn’t need any second invitations to capitalise. Since then, the five-year-old has proved his wellbeing with a series of solid performances and he looks to have a fine chance of turning the tables on his old rival with plenty seemingly in his favour.
SATCHVILLE FLYER (best price 9-2) found five furlongs too hot to handle at Chepstow last week but now back over his optimum trip David Evans’ inmate is expected to get back on track. A wide-margin winner of a similar event at the same course the time before, the son of Compton Place was a warm order to follow up just over a week later but the combination of drying ground and genuine speedsters such as Gilmer and Swendab were just too sharp for him in the final calculations. That said, he kept on well enough to the line to suggest he’s worth another chance and it’s not as if today’s opposition is any great shakes on recent evidence.
The time figure ZARIA (best price 5-1) posted when landing a similar handicap over tonight’s C&D last time out point towards her being very difficult to beat and she looks overpriced at 5-1 based on those numbers. Staying on stoutly in the latter stages of what turned out to be a very strongly-run affair, Richard Price’s charge clocked the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the six-race card and given that there were winners that night rated in the 80’s and 90’s, it just shows what a tremendous performance she achieved. Clearly at home at tonight’s unique track, the daughter of Tomba looks set fair to go on the same sort of roll she did this time last year.
TENNESSEE WILDCAT (best price 14-1) once again proved his liking for tonight’s track with another notable performance at the Dublin venue last time out and he looks set to punch above his weight with his favoured fast ground very much in the ascendancy. Winner of the listed Glencairn Stakes here last year, Ger Lyon’s inmate has posted solid efforts in defeat on his latest two starts and it took all of Qatari Hunter’s qualities and powers of stamina to wear him down in the dying strides over 1m 2f seven days ago. Given that the winner is almost certainly a Group horse in waiting and the time of the race was very good, the son of Kheleyf should by no means be underestimated here despite having to find a bit on the official figures.