ARBOURFIELD (best price 13/2) ran out a ready winner the last time he stepped foot on this course back in May and he looks poised to go well returning to the scene of that impressive success following several decent efforts on turf. The latest of those performances saw the son of Moss Vale finish a creditable fourth in a competitive handicap run at the Curragh and from a nice low draw, he rates a decent each-way bet against a pretty mixed bag of opponents.
BARWAH(NAP) (best price 11/2) has taken really well to the newly-laid Tapeta surface and having already proven herself over tonight’s C&D with a convincing display two starts ago, she can put her valuable experience of the Gosforth Park venue to good use. Peter Niven’s charge also left the impression that she ought to have followed up that success when returning to the same track over a furlong shorter three days later, but with her jockey culpable of making one or two tactical errors at a vital stage, it wasn’t to be for the daughter of Discreet Cat. Although she faces stern opposition in the shape of the progressive and scopey Russian Finale who could be leniently treated on her handicap bow, the percentage call is to go with the solid course form of the five-year-old mare and back her each-way at her early quotes with the safety net of three places the determining factor.
SHAKE THE BUCKET (best price 11/2) has maintained a fair level of form under both codes during the summer period and this course specialist looks set to keep his consistent profile firmly intact returning to a surface which has serve him well in the past. A winner over hurdles at the Galway festival, the Ashkalani gelding has run two solid race on the Flat subsequently and having proven that a soundly-run 1m 2f at tonight’s venue serves him best on many previous occasions, Niall Madden’s evergreen nine-year-old should give his supporters a great run for their money coming out of a favourable inside box near the rail (low numbers always an advantage given the short run to the bend).