The first-time visor enabled INTREPID PRINCE (NAP) (best price 6-5) to finally get off the mark at the eleventh time of asking at Galway last week and this looks a tremendous opportunity for him to quickly add to that tally three days on. Breaking alertly from his wide post, Michael O’Callaghan’s inmate quickly assumed command of his field after a furlong, and even though he was constantly pestered for the lead throughout, he shook off his rivals with a smart change of pace coming up the hill and he maintained the advantage all the way to the line to win easing down in the final strides. Not only was the performance an eye-catching one visually, the speed figure he posted suggests he ran way beyond the sort of time expected of a 55-rated horse, so even though he runs here today under a 5lb mandatory penalty, it shouldn’t be enough to prevent the son of Royal Applause from going in again if he can execute the same tactics he employed at Ballybrit.
SEPTEMBER STARS (best price 11-8) took an immediate liking to tonight’s C&D when running out a comfortable winner here last week and she’s taken to continue her progression and provide her in-form trainer with yet another success. Not only was her victory visually impressive, Ralph Beckett’s inmate clocked the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the seven-race card and with the fourth home that night, Ocean Eleven, going on to boost the form with a decent effort at Newmarket last Friday, the claims for daughter of Sea The Stars are fairly gilt-edged.