LIBERATIO (best price 7-2) shaped with plenty of promise on debut over today’s C&D and given that he hails from a stable that often leave plenty of work with their two-year-old’s first time up, it’s safe to assume there will be some improvement to come at the second time of asking. Doing really well to finish as close-up as he did from his modest draw, Michael Halford’s inmate marked himself down as a sure-fire future winner, and with the form of the race working out a treat (winner Landfest won Group race subsequently), it would come as something of a surprise if the son of Invincible Spirit wasn’t bang in the thick of the action from today’s favourable inside post position (low draw often an advantage over 7f on soft ground).
Winner of this contest two years ago and runner-up to Silwana last season, TOE THE LINE (NAP) (best price 8-1) looks to have been specifically targeted towards this listed race once again by connections and following an eye-catching prep-run over an inadequate trip at Listowel last week, she should be cherry-ripe to put up another bold bid. Given that she was racing over only 1m 1f at the Harvest Festival 11 days ago, John Kiely’s charge ran as well as to be expected for a horse that stays two miles extremely well and with plenty of showers falling in the area in the last 24 hours, the underfoot terrain will inconvenience her less than many others..
As it turned out, BOBBY JEAN (best price 9-1) was hugely unlucky to bump into the in-form Dew Line (won again two days later) on her seasonal return at Listowel 11 days ago, but there’s a decent chance that compensation awaits Tara Cogan’s mare with the cobwebs blown out of the system. Although she couldn’t quite reel back the front-running winner that day, the daughter of Jeremy ran hard all the way to the line and with the pair pulling 11 lengths clear of the remainder in a fast time, the form looks solid. Nicely drawn here in box one, the five-year-old mare can save a bit of ground early and hopefully from a decent position once joining up with the straight track, she can keep on stoutly to play a significant role in the latter stages.