Andy Holding has three selections for Sunday's action.
MON STORM (best price 12-1) ran way beyond expectations in a hot contest at Down Royal last time out and that return to form could trigger the 10-year-old into rolling back the years over a track that has served him extremely well in the past.
Since rattling off three victories in 2019, the Victor Wilson’s gelding has rather lost his way, so it was easy to see why he was sent off a 25-1 shot in a quality handicap 23 days ago. Held up towards the rear at the Lisburn venue, the son of September Storm stayed on extremely well in the latter stages to finish a never-nearer third and although he proved no match for the leading pair, the runner-up, Fairyhill Run, has gone on to suggest he probably ran close to a career high in his two subsequent outings. Although he’s probably better known for his exploits over 2m4f, he has won over today’s C&D in the past and with Mr Moondance likely to set a strong pace from flag fall, hopefully his stamina will come into play towards the business end.
SOME DETAIL (best price 7-1) ran out a convincing winner at Market Rasen last time out and with the subsequent form of the race strongly suggesting it was a decent contest of its kind, Nigel Hawke’s gelding is fancied to give another solid account.
Unable to come to grips with the useful Kloud Gate over 2m3f around Huntingdon the time before, the son of Getaway was fitted with the first-time cheekpieces and upped in trip at the Lincolnshire venue to see whether that combination could bring about his first victory for two years and as it turned out, he proved to be a revelation. Although there was only six runners 37 days ago, the seven-year-old had little trouble lying up with the pace and then when asked to go and seal the deal after the last, he stayed on too strongly for the well-fancied South Terrace. With the runner-up and third both going on to win since, a rise in the rating to his current perch of 120 seems more than fair and with a flat, right-handed track seemingly a big influence in his performance levels, he makes quite a bit of appeal at the morning prices.
FRANNO (best price 5-2) finally delivered the goods at the 13th time of asking at Bellewstown last time out and with the first-time visor seen as one of the main reasons for that breakthrough success, the daughter of Free Eagle can repeat the dose with the headgear retained.
A hugely consistent performer in low-grade staying handicaps, it’s probably fair to say she sometimes squandered gilt-edged opportunities in the past, but you couldn’t argue with her attitude at the Co Meath venue just over a week ago, as once hitting the front over two furlongs out, she had plenty of chance to shirk the issue if required. Although she stayed the 1m6f journey well enough that day, overall she’s probably been seen to better effect over today’s shorter trip in the past and having finished a creditable runner-up on her only previous visit to today’s track, it’s hard to imagine anything other than another positive display on her return to the Co Meath circuit.