FLASHCARD (best price 4-1) was seemingly back to his best at Ascot last time out and with his assurance sky-high and retuning to the scene of his greatest two past performances, Andrew Balding’s gelding will choose the rise in course within his stride. 2-2 and impressive on both visits in the Wiltshire track as a two-year-old, the boy of Fast Company has rather lost his strategy in the interim, but backwards with some ease underfoot and above a stiff galloping track every time, he showed everyone just what a great horse he is when on-song. How he flew and hastened in the Berkshire venue pointed to a horse at the rudest of health and with yesterday’s rain never set to inconvenience him whatsoever, the three-year-old chestnut could follow in the footsteps of Passing Glance,” Side Glance and Tullius, who were all winners of this prestigious race for his Kingsclere handler in the past.
Alhaazm has looked like two items are rather getting in his way, so until he has the unkindest cut of all, he can be passed over in favour of THE CORPORAL (best price 3-1).
Looking unsatisfactory since departing Aidan O’Brien, maybe not for the first time, among Chris Wall’s offenders improved dramatically for a run in the beachfront venue and if he can continue along exactly the exact same route on his return visit, he then may be capable of repeating the dose from last time. Niggled together and appearing one dressed two out, the son of Dansili finally decided to engage high gear when it mattered most and in the endhe ended up winning very snugly. Time-wise, the race comes out well on the characters, and together with all the runner-up, Rock The Cradle, moving on to increase the shape next time with a cozy triumph at Sandown, the three-year-old is capable of after suit under comparable conditions to those he encountered 29 days ago.
MERRICOURT (NAP) (best price 5-1) has to conquer a 134-day layoff, however, providing he’s somewhere near peak fitness there’s every chance he could go near in a race of this nature. Promising in 3 starts last year, Ger Lyon’s three-year-old blew any chance he might have had of breaking his duck having a very slow start in a hot handicap here back in April, however despite providing some decent forms a healthy head start, he also made the sort of inroads towards the back part of the contest to suggest he’d have been a large player given a level playing field. Certainly better than the bare result indicates, the boy of Mizzen Mast has floor conditions and an adequate draw in his favour on his own return to the Dublin venue and he rates a reasonable each-way bet in the morning prices.
Canadian Steel arrives here in brilliant shape following another easy hit at Downpatrick on Sunday, although his claims are blatantly apparent, WALKING ON GLASS (greatest cost 7-1) may turn out to be the fly in the ointment towards the foot of their weights. Only showing modest ability over hurdles in 3 starts, the four-year-old grey has been a totally different proposition of late on the Flat and also his latest effort at Galway suggests the kind of improvement he has made in this short period of time. Fourth in a hot disability over 1m4f in Ballybrit two weeks back, that effort was likely pound-for-pound his best ever exhibit based on pure characters, but if you take into consideration his success on the rapidly-improving Linger (currently rated 120 over hurdles) at Navan sooner in the summer season, it adds up to a horse in addition to his game at present. Apparently, it is not in tablets of stone the kid of Big Bad Bob is going to interpret that amount of ability back to the chilly game, but when he does, he surely is going to be a dangerous floater off a mark of merely 93 on his handicap debut.

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