MOONLIGHT ESCAPE (NAP) (best price 6-4) sets a decent standard in this mares’ only affair and a repeat of her recent performance at Punchestown gives her a fighting chance of overcoming the possible improvement of Masons Daughter on her first run for Willie Mullins. A shade disappointing on her opening start over hurdles. Gordon Elliot’s inmate has subsequently improved since adopting front running tactics and if it wasn’t for the persistence and proven stamina of the tenacious Moyhenna last time out, she would have broken her maiden tag at the Co Kildare venue 15 days ago.
Prior to that sterling effort, the daughter of Court Cave was unlucky to get chinned right on the line by the well-regarded Pietralunga in a similar contest at Clonmel and with an aggressive ride almost certain to be the order of the day again, the five-year-old will hopefully prove tough to pass and gain a deserved success.
TAKEONEFORTHETEAM (best price 9-2) has shown sufficient promise in both his last two starts to be of significant interest off his current handicap mark and is worth a decent bet accordingly at a track where he caught the eye a month ago. On his opening gambit at the Dunstall Park venue, Mark Loughnane’s inmate came home at a decent rate of knots to grab the runner-up berth from an uncompromising position and off the back of that effort, he went to his latest contest at Lingfield strongly fancied to go one place better.
Unfortunately, a slow break and poor track position once again caught him out, but at least his closing fractions of 22.4 to snatch third gave out positive signals for the future and with today’s more experienced pilot taken as a massive plus for a horse who probably will do better with more strongly handling, the Bahamian Bounty gelding looks primed to go well for his in-form yard.