Conditions and track should be ideal for Andy's NAP at Nottingham today.
THAFEERA (best price 4-1) will be hoping to dodge the showers, but providing the rain does keep away (has run well on soft but connections insist she wants decent ground), there’s a decent chance she can supplement recent Yarmouth gains. Placed in all her previous four starts, Charles Hills’ inmate benefitted greatly from being dropped back down in trip at the seaside track and with her time figure she posted that day suggesting it was a performance of some repute, this easy-moving filly could take some pegging back if ridden in a similar aggressive nature.
SANKARI ROYALE (best price 10-1) has improved nicely with each start and she looks well worth her plane ticket over the water to find out whether she’s a pattern filly. Outstayed by subsequent Galway scorer Deep Breath over 6f three starts ago, the same fate awaited Johnny Murtagh’s charge when the smart I Am Power picked her off late on over a stiff 5f at Navan next time. Seemingly better suited by being dropped out over an easier, flatter track last time out, the daughter of Epaulette found a nice turn of foot in the closing stages to account for subsequent winners Treasuring and Raramauri and nicely drawn today right in the centre of the pack, Niall McCullagh will have plenty of options to cover the speed before pouncing late on.
INDULGED (NAP) (best price 9-4) probably just found the heavy ground counting against her at Goodwood last time out, but she was also unlucky to bump into two progressive types ahead of her that day, so she has to be worth another chance. Both Billesdon Bess and Titi Makfi have proved the value of the form at the Sussex track 16 days ago and had she received a better rub of the green when the tempo increased coming down the hill, she may have taken the scalp of those two smart fillies. Prior to that useful effort, James Fanshawe’s inmate had staked her own case for being an improving type with a smooth victory at Doncaster and with conditions and track likely to be ideal for this daughter of Teofilo, she makes plenty of appeal at her top morning price.
Some horses are just really likeable and POLITICAL POLICY (best price 10-1) falls well and truly into that category. A real regular at today’s track over the years (seems to have been going forever but he’s still only six!) Gavin Cromwell’s inmate has managed to score here at his favourite venue no fewer than eight times and even when the handicapper has refused to cut him any slack, he still seems to be able to run to a very high standard. Probably over the top by the time he ran below par on his last two visits to the Dublin venue, the son of Bushranger enjoyed a nice little period when he was involved in the thick end of the action in many top-quality handicaps that came out well on the speed figures, and following a couple of useful performances recently on the turf, the six-year-old should be geared up for another positive display over a C&D that suits him best.
The fact that today’s pilot, Killian Leonard gets on so well with TENNESSE WALTZ (best price 11-4) has to count for plenty in this apprentice handicap and the duo look to be an irresistible partnership in race where so many have dodgy or untrustworthy profiles. Arriving here off the back of deserved win at Cork last time out, David Marnane’s inmate has also run to a very consistent standard over today’s course many times in the past and from a good draw, the six-year-old is likely to take all the beating while in his current mood.
As we know, some horses just seem to come alive at a certain track and that appears to be the case where GLENDINE RIVER (best price 11-1) is concerned and she’s fancied to claim another victory at her happy hunting ground. A back-to-back winner under both codes at this fixture last season, Dermot O’Brien’s inmate scored for the third time in succession here when she accounted for a competitive field on her return visit to the Waterford venue back in June. Although slightly below par on her last two outings, the daughter of Urban Ocean was lame at Downpatrick and probably found 3m stretching her stamina at Limerick, so returning to her optimum conditions should ensure she leaves those two performances well behind.