A couple of Irish fancies from Andy Holding today.
Speak Easy is pound for pound the most talented horse in the final of this series, it’s just a question of whether has the sufficient stamina to see out 3m at the first time of asking. One that won’t have any issues regarding the trip is MOYHENNA (best price 15-2) and she rates a slightly more solid proposition at the morning prices. A model of consistency in her seven-race career, Denis Hogan’s mare’s two back-to-back victories at Punchestown in the heart of the winter only went to cement her rise up the ranks and she thoroughly deserved a crack at Graded company last time out at Limerick. Although she failed to complete the hat trick, the overly-aggressive ride she received at the Greenmount Park venue was the main reason why she had to play second fiddle to the more patiently ridden Lackaneen Leader and providing she doesn’t get asked to take up the running fully a mile and a half from home on.
Sunsetstorise looks sure to come in for strong support following his latest success on his first start for Gordon Elliot last time out, but an equally compelling case can be made for ARTIC PEARL (best price 13-2) and being as he’s available to back at a much more generous price, he rates the each-way value call of the race. Progressive over hurdles, Martin Brassil’s has also showed a fair level of form since switching his attentions to fences and following a promising beginning over the larger obstacles at Tramore, he duly delivered the goods at the second time of asking at Leopardstown. Strongly fancied to supplement those gains from the Dublin venue on his latest outing at Thurles, the Shirocco gelding was in the process of obliging until his legs were taken from underneath him by a falling rival two out and with the overriding feeling leaving that contest of him being a winner without a penalty when he lines up next time, today’s race provides him with the perfect opportunity to back up that view.