BLACK LABEL (best price 20-1) ran a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested in a decent race on the Flat here earlier in the week and he has enough positives attached to his prospects to warrant a small each-way interest at his morning odds. In belting form through this Flat campaign, was quietly fancied to go well in a competitive 2m handicap on the second day of the meeting, but a combination of pulling too hard and being stuck out wide counted against him as they made their way up the hill in the latter stages and he eventually faded into seventh. Although Ado McGuiness’ inmate has yet to set the world alight over hurdles, he did manage to run extremely well against the likes of Golden Spear and Tigris River in a Grade C contest at Listowel last season and a repeat of that sort of effort would surely be good enough to see him somewhere on the scene in this much lower grade.
Following his excellent sixth in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket last time out, EASTERN IMPACT (NAP) (best price 11-8) looks to have bright prospects of winning this corresponding race for the second year in succession. Although Richard Fahey’s charge didn’t manage to better his finishing position at HQ than he did the year before when third to Muhaarar, to only get beat four lengths by the very talented Limato in arguably a much deeper race certainly doesn’t represent a deterioration in form and that performance should set him up nicely for another big effort on his return to the Roodee. Well drawn in stall two, the son of Bahamian Bounty will hopefully break cleanly and track the likely pacesetter Hillbilly Boy before pouncing late on.
Having tasted plenty of success at this meeting in the past, Brian Ellison certainly looks as though he means business here sending a four-strong team to post, and of that quartet, DREAM WALKER (best price 8-1) makes the most appeal. Having come through his first experience of the rigours of Ballybrit with flying colours courtesy of a fine third in a competitive 1m handicap three days ago, the son of Gold Away should be well versed with what to expect this time around. Although there weren’t any stalls in operation for that race the other night, the grey somehow manged to miss the kick and he found himself towards the rear of the field early on, and on top of that, he had to do most of his running around the outside of the field, forfeiting many lengths into the bargain. He did extremely well, therefore, to finish as close as he did, and with the time figure of the race being one of the fastest here all week, the seven-year-old grey should have the required speed in his legs to hold his position and come charging up the hill over a trip and ground that suits him best.
RING EYE (best price 7-2) won in the style of a horse who appears in the rudest of health at present last time out over today’s course and despite dropping back down in trip, John O’Shea’s charge still makes plenty of appeal. Having run himself into form following a series of fine placed efforts, the son of Definite Article simply cruised through his latest victory without even batting an eyelid and with likely strong pace on the cards courtesy of Glens Wobbly being in the line-up, he should get the perfect tow through the race before making his move entering the final three furlongs.