The poor performance of AWESOME QUALITY (NAP) (best price 9-4) at Yarmouth last time out was a stark contrast to the one he posted when scoring over today’s C&D the time before and now returning to the scene of that career-best display, James Tate’s inmate is fancied to bounce back to form. In-keeping with his American-bred pedigree, the son of Elusive Quality clearly is much more at home racing on a synthetic surface based on the findings of his previous visit to the Gosforth Park venue and having already dished out a resounding beating to second favourite Wowcha back in June, he’s confidently expected to uphold that form and keep his unbeaten all-weather record intact.
Previous course form is always a massive consideration at this tight, undulating track and with that mind, GIVE HER BACH (best price 7-1) rates a relatively strong bet giving her liking for the Co Waterford venue. Yet to finish out of the first four in as many visits, Patrick Cronin’s charge posted her last career victory here back in October and although she’s failed to register another victory in ten subsequent attempts, she has run with great credit on several occasions. Indeed, her performance when third in the competitive mares’ handicap at the Galway festival two starts ago was an indication she’s primed to strike in the not too distant future and with four places of offer, she rates the value each-way call.
Unbeaten in two starts at tonight’s venue, ICELIP (best price 13-2) arrives here in the kind of form that should ensure he does everything in his power to keep that record intact. Although no match in the end to the well-treated Willie Mullins-trained Kings Wharf at Killarney last time, David O’Brien’s charge the subsequent easy victory of his conqueror that day proved that he probably faced an impossible task and now returning to his happy hunting ground with his ideal underfoot conditions in places, this strong-travelling son of Urban Ocean is taken to go well over this sort of trip for the first time.