1.15 Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap 6f
Gulliver is worth taking a chance on as he is 8lbs lower in the weights than when fourth in this last year. After a couple of below-par efforts he showed signs of coming back to form at York last time. He seems quite at home on soft ground, so conditions look sure to suit.
Last year’s winner Big Gossey comes here in great shape. He won nicely over five furlongs here last month having previously filled the runner-up spot in the Scurry and Rockingham Handicaps. This hardened and reliable premier handicap regular must have a great chance despite being 10lbs higher than last year. Towards the foot of the weights No More Porter looks dangerous. He ran in the Irish Cambridgeshire last time but has good sprint form to his name as illustrated by his third in the Scurry earlier this season.
Next best: Big Gossey
1.50 Moyglare ‘Jewels’ Blandford Stakes (Group 2) 1m 2f
This could see La Petite Coco make it back-to-back wins after her short-head success over Love 12 months ago. On her first run back this season she won a well contested Pretty Polly Stakes, and last time out she ran an excellent third in a top-class Yorkshire Oaks. The drop back in trip on easy ground is not a concern for her and her form looks the strongest in the line up by a clear margin.
Insinuendo ran very well on her return from a break to finish a neck second to Luxembourg in last month’s Royal Whip Stakes. There could easily be more to come from last year’s fourth. Rumbles Of Thunder, a stablemate of the selection and a smooth winner of a Cork Group 3 last time, warrants every consideration, as does the Group 1 Prix Saint alary heroine Above The Curve although she has been absent for over three months.
SELECTION: LA PETITE COCO
Next best: Insinuendo
4.45 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes 6f 63yds
Streets Of Gold looks to boast very strong claims. He is unbeaten in three starts and holds an official mark of 101 in Britain and his form looks very solid. The only concern is that he is unproven on slow ground, but everything else points to him being the one to beat. Last time out he landed a valuable nursery at York’s Ebor meeting and the runner-up from that race didn’t let the form down with a good showing at Doncaster during the week.
His biggest threat could come from his 96-rated compatriot Dandy Alys who was rated 79 when finishing second in a Group 3 last time. The winner of that race, Lakota Sioux, puts the form to the test in the Moyglare earlier on the card. Alabama Pearl ran well in quite a useful looking seven-furlong maiden here in July before then chasing home Karaoke in a Dundalk maiden last month. She is a capable type with more to offer.
SELECTION: STREETS OF GOLD
Next best: Dandy Alys
5.20 Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Northfields’ Handicap 1m 2f
A chance is taken on Amortentia who is a relatively unexposed three-year-old with more to offer. He won quite a reasonable one-mile three-year-old handicap at Naas earlier in the season before posting a midfield finish in the Britannia at Royal Ascot. On his most recent start two months ago he was upped to this trip and looked decidedly unlucky in finishing a one-length fourth to Kerkiyra. It is interesting that he has been kept under wraps since then.
Flying Dolphin didn’t produce his best in a premier handicap at Leopardstown two months ago but his previous fifth in a good Royal Ascot handicap puts him into the reckoning and his maiden form is decent. Finans Bay needs to improve on his recent form but he has finished second and fourth in the last two runnings of this race, enjoys soft ground and is a stone lower in the weights than he was this time last year. The Cambridgeshire runner-up Good Heavens is another likely player in a decidedly open affair.
Next best: Flying Dolphin