FOUR winners yesterday on a bumper day of racing. Roll on another four today...
Having been hugely impressive granted a strong-run 2m previously, there was always a chance that FREE STONE HILL (NAP) (best price 5/4)
would be way too keen for his own good in a slow-run race over four furlongs further at Aintree last time out and that’s exactly how things panned out for Dan Skelton’s charge. Given how much energy he expended during the early part of that race at the Liverpool track, he still did remarkably well to finish as close up as he did, and that effort went a long way to highlighting his current wellbeing. Returning to the scene of his C&D success, the Beneficial gelding will hopefully get back on the winning trial given that he should get a lovely tow into the race courtesy of the front-running Our Three Sons.
Free Stone Hill - 2pts @ 5/4
MR MOONDANCE (best price 7-1)
has been in pretty good form during the summer jumping period and he looks set to go well again back around a track that has served him well in the past. A winner three starts back at Wexford, Mark McNiff’s inmate may have added to that victory if he’d not been badly hampered at the second last in a similar contest on his return visit to the East Coast track last time out. Usually a strong-traveller, the son of Windsor Knot has yet to finish out of the frame on three previous outings at today’s unique venue and that consistent profile looks set to stay intact given his current wellbeing and overall form.
Mr Moondance - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1
Prior to his victory over 2m 5f and Uttoxeter two starts ago, there’s was always a question mark hanging over whether RESTRAINT OF TRADE (best price 15/2)
was better served by the minimum trip, but now he’s dispelled that theory altogether, confidence is high that he can be competitive again now returning to that distance here. Generally, in good form during the summer jumping period, Jennie Candlish’s charge ran really well on both his two visits to Cartmel either side of his success at the Midland track and with both of those efforts coming out very favourably on the speed figures, another big run looks on the cards with the pace bound to be strong in this contest (Western Miller and Yur Next both like to force the issue).
Restraint Of Trade - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2
THE JAZZ SINGER (best price 9/2)
seems to have taken really well to fences judged on his first two performances and he’s fancied to go well on his first try in handicap company despite his lack of experience being a slight issue. A decent winner of a beginners’ chase on his opening salvo over the larger obstacles, Colm McBratney’s inmate was then rather thrown into the deep end when asked to contest the Galway Plate Trial at Down Royal on his next start. Acquitting himself really well at the Co Down venue, the son of Tobougg was only beaten five lengths by the very smart and in-form chaser Sandymount Duke, and with the speed figure of the race suggesting it was a very strong one of its kind for the time of year, a repeat of that sort of effort should see the six-year-old bang in the mix.
The Jazz Singer - 1pt e/w @ 9/2