It is interesting that Jim Bolger’s academy runner makes his return at this trip having been campaigned over a bit further. He’s not had much racing and only making his debut last year in April. He won’t lack for fitness & bumps into a bunch who look towards the top end of their handicap marks. We should have a bit left in the locker to work with.
Drops down to the minimum 5f trip for the first time since he made his debut at Chester last June. Sometimes you can look to much at the pedigree and although he’s related to Forte dei Marmi, a Group 1 winning stayer, he’s back at the minimum. The old combo of Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan have been back among the winners of late and he could surprise at a fair price.
Has dropped way down the ratings from a high of 109 to 68 last time. He really started to motor when it was all over last time, having been held up way out the back over 5f.
Stepped back up to 7f on Friday night and his stall 3 draw looks another positive. He got to within three parts of a length of Tryster not to long ago and could be a welcome winner for the J Levins’ team.
No show in three spins over 5 & 6f but what an eye-catching run his handicap debut was here last month. He was slowly away in a race where the winner made all and ran a cracker as the only runner to make any headway late on.
He did hit a flat-spot through inexperience but should be a touch wiser now. Any natural improvement will make him very tough to beat and he looks the best bet of the night.
Has started to show more since he’s been stepped up in trip. In nine tries at 1m or shorter he has struggled, but the last four runs have all been very solid. His sire, Big Bad Bob has a great record here at Fundalk and they keep the faith with young Sean Davis who takes the 7lb off. The claimer has hit the crossbar a few times this year but can smash this one in the onion bag.
He makes his way north like his jockey Paul Hanagan. Tarboosh originally cost 100,000 guineas but was picked up for 8,000 guineas by the Paul Midgley yard. The bonus is that he won on debut last year, so the 141 days off the track holds no fears for us
Hanagan will be out to prove a point this season having lost his retainer and will need all the winners he can get for another tilt at the jockeys championship.