17:15 Naas

CARLTON BANKS (best price 5-2) caught the eye in a major way on his seasonal reappearance at the Curragh two weeks ago and with that all-important run under his belt, plus Johnny Levins’ gelding coming back to the scene of his C&D victory last term, he still makes plenty of sense as a betting proposition despite bookmakers not giving too much away. 

Slowly away at the Co Kildare venue following a 161-day break, the son of Prince Of Lir only had a handful behind him at the field hit the three-furlong from home marker, but despite not getting the clearest of runs from that point onwards, he finished off his race to good effect to slot in just behind the main players as he hit the line. Whether he would have won with a better rub of the green is open to debate, but either way, it was a fine start to his second season in training and, if building on that notable performance, there’s no reason why he couldn’t capture today’s prize before working his through the ranks this term. 

Carlton Banks - 1pt @ 5/2

17:40 Southwell

PRINCE ABU (best price 4-1) failed to fire at Chelmsford last time out, but he’s better judged on his exploits at today’s track and he looks overpriced on his performance here two starts ago - along with many others previously at the Colwick Park venue. 

In keeping with many of his stablemates, Derek Shaw’s gelding seems to save most of his best efforts for today’s track and his run behind Man Of Riddles here a month ago was not only a strong one in terms of form (winner gone in again), but the speed figure was also extremely good for the grade. Indeed, his form figures at the Midland circuit since behind stepped up in distance read 312132, and with one of his main attributes being able to quicken quite nicely for a stayer, a return to his old stomping ground should see him a good deal more competitive than his morning odds suggest. 

Prince Abu - 1pt @ 4/1

18:15 Naas

MOONEISTA (NAP) (best price 13-8) made a more than pleasing start to her campaign when a creditable runner-up to the improving Power Under Me at Cork 22 days ago and with Jack Davidson’s filly sure to be all the better for that initial outing, she makes loads of appeal in his bid to win this race for the second year in succession. 

A smart juvenile, the daughter of Dandy Man really came of age as a three-year-old, however, managing to finish a creditable sixth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Ascot in June before posting a career high at Group 2 level at the Curragh next time. Off the track for 203-days prior to shipping up at the Mallow venue last time, the four-year-old filly was allowed to go off 10-1 to make a winning start to her campaign and for nine tenths of the six-furlong journey, she looked likely to defy her position in the market. A length clear over a furlong out, the combination of the very strong early pace over a trip that probably just stretches her stamina to the limit took its toll in the dying strides and she was eventually reeled back in by a horse who connections believe will be dining at the very top table this season. Back over her option distance over a course where her form figures read 313, Mooneista should prove incredibly difficult to beat with all the stars aligning in her favour. 

Mooneista - 2pts @ 13/8