OUR BOY JOHN (best price 6-1) has yet to win a race in four starts but it might well have been a different story had Richard Fahey’s charge received a better passage than the one he obtained ay Haydock last time out. Racing in his first nursery after three promising outings previously, the son of Dandy Man was all dressed up with nowhere to go with two furlongs to run in a steadily run race and no matter where Patrick Mathers went for a gap, the door kept getting slammed in his face. Finishing full of running just in behind some useful types, he clearly has a race in him off his current mark on the evidence of that display and he’s worth another chance to back up that theory in a wide-open heat.
Gordon Elliot has a strong hand with three runners set to go to post in this quality-looking Grade 3 affair, but it will take a fair performance from both Tiger Roll and Taglietelle to give the weight away to the useful filly, TOCORORO (NAP) (best price 11-4), who receives all the allowances as a four-year-old. A smart juvenile over hurdles last season, the daughter of Teofilo made a bright start to her new career when, jumping well in the main, she finished a creditable third in a competitive beginners chase over today’s C&D at the Galway Festival back in July.
Learning plenty from that initial experience, she made light work in justifying short odds on her latest outing at Tramore and both of those runs combined point towards her having a fairly bright future over the larger obstacles.