CAIRDIUIL (best price 13-2) ran two cracking races back-to-back at the festival back in July and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t put up another bold display on his return to Ballybrit under ideal conditions. Runner-up to Millefiori on the first attempt over tonight’s C&D, Iggy Madden’s inmate occupied the same position when just failing to get the better of the in-form Tithonus over a furlong shorter three days later, but both performances went some way to suggesting there’s still plenty of life left in this old warrior who’s been around the block more times than a tramp’s dog. Handily drawn in box six, the son of Batchelor Duke should really appreciate the rain which has fallen in the last 48 hours as his form figures at this track when the going has been on the easy side of good reads, 2211332822.
Almela is bound to be all the rage representing a stable that always have their horses on the money at this track, but given that Dermot Weld’s charge takes out a huge chunk in the market, the way is open for a bit of each-way thievery in the shape of MORGA (best price 14-1) as an alternative. A useful sort under both codes, the daughter of Whipper ran a blinder when fourth in a decent handicap hurdle won by subsequent Ebor winner Heartbreak City at the festival here in July and then switching her attentions to the Flat, she proved way too good for a smart field of fillies in a competitive handicap at the Curragh last time out. The feature of that performance at the Co Kildare venue was the smart speed figure she clocked that day and with the seventh home that day, Grey Sky Blue, going on to advertise the form at Dundalk yesterday, the confidence in Desmond McDonogh’s charge being good enough to claim some black type has gone up a notch or two.
A cracking third in the Galway Hurdle here 39 days ago, PRINCELY CONN (NAP) (best price 4-1) once again showed his liking for the contours of Ballybrit and he looks booked for another positive display on his return visit following a promising start to his career in his new discipline at Ballinrobe. Although he was well beaten in the end by Swamp Fox, he probably found the sharp nature of the track counting against him that evening and even so, the winner went on to advertise the form with a resounding victory in an ultra-competitive handicap from a bad draw next time. Impervious to underfoot ground conditions, Thomas Mullins’ charge has what it takes to give the younger generation a run for their money.