After a solid Aintree Festival to get some confidence back, we have four selections at both sides of the Irish Sea on Sunday to close out the weekend.
2.15 - Sunday In The Park E/w 3/1, double stakes - Several contenders for this modest 2m maiden hurdle have questions to answer and to me, the grey mare Sunday In The Park rather stands out under Tom Cannon in receipt of a 7lb sex allowance against her chief market rivals. David Bridgwater’s 5yo bumped into a useful sort at Towcester last time out, but plugged on well to be 2nd when giving weight to to winner and although she is 0/3 at the track today, this trip looks ideal and in such a moderate heat, the course experience she does possess could be seen as a positive.
2.40 - Lickpenny Larry 9/4 - Interesting but modest little handicap chase over the minimum trip. Vicenzo Mio sets the standard but is by no means an intimidating market leader. Lightentertainment has a bit of a chance on his best form, but is 0/13 in Class 4 company and isn’t always the most resilient in a finish. Gone Platinum may not like this ground, Spock has a bit of a chance as he does stay well, but he’s likely to set things up from the front; hopefully for Lickpenny Larry. Tom Gretton’s 7yo is the youngest in this field and comes here after turning a clear corner when scoring at Plumpton last time out when dropped in trip. His jumping was fluent and he posted a sound speed figure when pulling readily away from his two main market rivals. Tactics will be interesting here, but he seems a straightforward sort to go forward with now, so maybe they’ll be happy to take a lead today.
2.00 - Escapability 10/11 - Shaped very well at Naas on second career start and seasonal return late last month, posting a good speed figure and leaving plenty to build on for Jessica Harrington’s charge. Naas is one of the stiffest tracks in Ireland and the experience of running well there so early on does bode well for young horses when tackling fairer tracks like Cork, so it’ll take a sharp newcomer to deny the jolly and you could argue she should be shorter than 10/11.
2.20 - Kingsteel E/w 14/1, double stakes - Aherlow and Monatomic look short enough here and Kingsteel is a smart looking each way bet at 14/1. This 8yo ran well here over the course & distance behind Deal D'Estruval and followed up with a slightly improved effort over 3m at Thurles in February. Off since, but is unexposed and although more likely to come into his own in handicaps, there’s no obvious reason why he shouldn’t run very well today and indeed no obvious reason to me why he’s double figure odds this morning.
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