MOSS STREET (best price 5-1) never really got a chance to exploit what looked a handy mark on his return to the Flat last time due to a slow-run, tactical race, but now back over hurdles, John Flint’s inmate can be expected to make a much better fist of things. Prior to that spin on the level eight days ago, the son of Moss Vale had lowered the colours of the in-form and strongly fancied Courtlands Prince and a repeat of that sort of effort against similar opponents should see him somewhere on the scene.
As he proved with four winners here last week, Jim Bolger is a very dangerous man to underestimate at the Dublin track and MISS QATAR (best price 5-1), who ran a pleasing race in the opening maiden seven days ago against the colts, is fancied to build on that promising effort and provide the Co Carlow handler with even more cheer. Although the daughter of Dark angel could only finish sixth of the 10 runners behind eventual winner Lancaster Bomber, she showed more than enough to suggest she has enough ability to win a maiden – particularly against her own sex - and with the drop back in trip and decent single-figure draw both big plus points, it would come as something of a surprise if she didn’t play a leading role in the finish.
ANASTAZIA (NAP) (best price 11-8) clocked a rare old time for a horse of her grade when scoring over tonight’s C&D last time out and providing she doesn’t bounce off that huge effort, Paul D’Arcy’s inmate should prove difficult to beat against a similar standard of opponent. After a slow start at the seaside venue, the daughter of Kyllachy worked her way to the lead approaching the two-furlong pole and staying on strongly inside the distance, she readily pulled clear to record her first turf victory in 18 starts. As that contest seven days ago was an apprentice race, she arrives here escaping a penalty and with the same pilot on board taking another 7lb off, the in-form four-year-old clearly has plenty in her favour in her repeat bid.