MONKEYLOU (best price 9-2) was backed as if defeat was out of the question on his debut at Listowel and having been hugely impressive in justifying the gamble, connections are fully entitled to think big with this son of Dream Ahead. Always travelling well off the back of sound fractions, Gordon Elliot’s charge left his rivals for dead with smart change of pace off the home turn and in stopping the clock in an eye-poppingly good time for a two-year-old, he posted numbers only just slower than the older horse sprint handicap on the same card. A lovely looking specimen with plenty of scope for the future, it would come as no surprise to see his natural ability offset his lack of experience on only his second lifetime start.
NO APPROVAL (NAP) (best price 11-2) has yet to win a race in 12 starts, but his latest performance over today’s C&D suggests he won’t have too long wait and tonight’s contest looks to be a decent opportunity for him to shed his maiden tag. Held up out the back at the Limerick Junction venue, the Approve gelding wasn’t in the greatest position as the field turned for home, but he finished off his race to such a degree, it was easy to draw to the conclusion he may have gone close to winning had he been ridden a little nearer to the speed. Nicely berthed here tonight in stall two, hopefully he will get a more prominent early pose this time around as he clearly has enough ability to make some sort of impact against a field of this nature.
Veejay was a well-documented unlucky loser at Goodwood last week, but he does face stern opposition in the shape of RHOSNEIGR (best price 7-2), so he won’t have things all his own way. Having thrown away what looked a winning opportunity away at Leicester two starts ago by hanging to his right, it was nice to see him a good deal more tractable last time out at Ffos Las. Held up to towards the rear in what turned out to be a muddling pace at the Welsh track, Charles Hills’ inmate was understandably keen through the really exchanges, but despite those antics, he still had the qualities to come from an unpromising position to win cosily with a bit up his sleeve. Being a son of Iffraaj, today’s conditions with a bit of give underfoot will suit and with the knowledge that the runner-up 17 days ago, More Over, has gone on to win subsequently, confidence is fairly high this chestnut colt can follow suit.
MAJOR PUSEY (best price 7-2) has posted some pretty big speed figures in victory and defeat so far this season and with the likelihood of him obtaining an uncontested lead, the five-year-old can gain his second win of the campaign. Making virtually all the running to score in a fast time five starts ago at Windsor, John Gallagher’s inmate almost repeated the dose in a much stiffer examination next time out at Haydock only to get picked off in the shadows of the post. Bidding to lead it out again from the front back at the Berkshire venue last time out, the Major Cadeaux gelding was just undone by the track bias running through the heart of the fixture than evening (raced alone far side), but now back on a level playing field with ground to suit, he should put his four rivals to the sword.