16:10 York

Competitive fare, but REACH (best price 7-1) did more than enough on her return to action here a month ago to warrant a certain level of interest back at a track where her form figures now read 413. 

A little keen in the early stages following a 266-day break, the six-year-old mare raced with the same enthusiasm down to the two-furlong pole and although she inevitably hit the wall from that point onwards, she did manage to keep on gamely to finish a very creditable third. 

Considering the winner, Botanical, has aspirations of Group race glory at Royal Ascot next week, there was no shame in only getting beaten four lengths by a horse of that class and with the likelihood she will definite greatly from that initial effort, the daughter of Sea The Stars makes plenty of each-way appeal back over the same C&D with most firms offering five places. 

Reach - 1pt e/w @ 7/1

17:05 Fairyhouse

GRAND CITY HALL (best price 3-1) ran perfectly respectably well in a warm Curragh handicap last time out, but he did leave the impression six furlongs is probably more his bag and he rates s strong choice to back up that theory n this much weaker affair. 

Posted out wide at the Kildare track, Jarlath Fahey’s inmate held every chance over a furlong out but the effort of covering more ground than most combined with the stiff seven furlongs eventually caught up with him and he ended up just getting run out of the money close home. 

That said, the number he achieved 20 days ago superseded anything he’d posted in the past and having been an impressive winner over a sharp six furlongs the time before, the logical step to drop him back down in distance should bare fruit from his favourable draw. 

20:13 Cork

AVATAR JET (best price 12-1) shaped better than the bare result suggested at The Curragh last time out and with the possibility that today’s extra yardage will prove beneficial to his prospects, a chance is taken on Mark Fahey’s charge being competitive on his first attempt over a mile. 

Held up last of the 13-strong field at the Kildare track, he faced a wall of horse confronting him at the three-furlong pole and, as a result, he had to be switched towards the far side of the track to obtain anything like a clear run. 

In doing so, he unfortunately slid onto the slowest part of the course, but that didn’t prevent him from staying on best of all to finish a never-nearer fourth and connections of this scopey son of Belardo are well within their rights to see what he can do over a furlong and a half further. 

20:30 Fairyhouse

LADY CHRISTA (best price 4-1), having chased a strong pace over today’s C&D last time, made a bold bid to see it out from the head of affairs last time out and providing she doesn’t receive another do-or-die ride on her return visit, Sheila Lavery’s filly is fancied to go one place better. 

Jumping alertly to lead after a furlong at the Meath venue, she was soon headed by Out On Friday and the pair of them went at it from that juncture until both their engines inevitably cut out at the business end.
In fairness to the daughter of Gustav Klint, hers only spluttered within a few strides of the line and with the time figure pointing towards her effort being by some way her best, she looks booked to go well again in this similar race with a more efficient ride.