Following two winners yesterday, Steve Ryder is back with four selections for today's racing.
Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore come over to the UK for the second Saturday in a row and I think they have a fantastic chance of returning to Ireland with a Grade 2 prize courtesy of MR INCREDIBLE (best priced at 6-5). The five-year-old was lightly campaigned last season with chasing in mind but even the form of his two runs over hurdles have worked out well. He finished 2nd behind Gaillard Du Mesnil in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown where he had the high-class mare Magic Daze a further 8 ½ lengths back in third before defeating the Willie Mullins trained mare Glens Of Antrim at Naas on heavy ground in January.
Mr Incredible returned from a 279 day break to make a winning chasing debut at Naas where he was actually given a lot to do by Rachael Blackmore that day. He powered clear by 2 ¼ lengths at the finish over 2m3f shaping like he should relish this step up in trip and I expect him to defeat Ahoy Senor who made what I thought was going to be a disappointing chasing debut at Carlisle last time.
The Philip Hobbs trained KALOOKI (best priced at 5-1) is becoming a bit of a cliff horse for me but I do feel that he has everything in his favour in this race. The seven-year-old has shown all of his best form going left-handed and has form figures of 132 at Newbury.
Kalooki runs here on his reappearance off the same mark that he was only beaten a head here last season when staying on well over 2m4f behind Espoir De Teillee when he had the reopposing Grand Sancy a further twelve lengths back in third. This trip of 2m6f should be perfect for him and I hope he can make a winning reappearance for the second season in a row.
Despite having to concede weight to the rest of the field in this listed handicap, the Jonjo O’Neill trained SOARING GLORY (best priced at 6-5) really should be winning this before going back into graded company. The six-year-old was clearly well handicapped when winning the Betfair Hurdle easily over this course and distance last season before running a respectable race in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Soaring Glory won at Ascot on his reappearance off a mark of 143 where Tom Scudamore arguably took up the running too early as he idled when in front to win by 2 ½ lengths. The handicapper has raised him 6lb for that victory but he should be able to give weight away against rivals who have shown form over further than 2 miles.
The Henry De Bromhead trained EKLAT DE RIRE (best priced at 7-2) has a lovely profile for this race being a second-season chaser and I feel this lightly raced seven-year-old should be able to prove better than a mark of 154 on his first run in a handicap. He had previously run well to win a Grade 3 at Naas on only his 2nd start over fences before unseating Rachael Blackmore at the Cheltenham Festival when still travelling well behind Monkfish.
Eklat De Rire made a winning reappearance at Wexford this season in a race that Minella Indo won the year before where he jumped beautifully throughout the contest. He could develop into a Gold Cup horse this season and if that is the case then he needs to be winning this off a mark of 154 and I think he will prove hard to beat.