He’s a dog that hasn’t had much running recently, but he caught the eye on his return from five months on the sidelines when finishing second behind 28.78 winner Lazy Rosie recently.
But for some early trouble, he would have pushed the winner much closer than the official winning margin of four and a half lengths and would also likely have gone under 29 seconds.
He’s entitled to be better for that outing and, with an inside draw that looks likely to work in his favour, he is expected to turn close to or on the pace before setting sail for home.
The two semi-finals of the Beamish & Murphy’s A2 are the feature races of the night and while the draw for the second heat makes life tougher for Kranky Ma, she should be good enough to overcome it.
The bitch has bounced right back to her best in recent weeks and she should be able to apply her class to continue her winning run. Mumhan Aris is well drawn on the rails and can run into a place.
In the first semi-final Lilly Fantasy can bounce back after being beaten at odds-on in the quarter-finals.
To be fair to the dog, he missed the kick and that pretty much put paid to this chances. Prior to that he had been consistent at the break and if he traps here, he should lead all the way.
Shaneboy Chip put up an improved effort last time and may have more to come. He rates the danger.
The first round heats of the Gain Feeds Christmas Stake get underway and the best bet of the round looks to be Ballyhooly Queen in the tenth race.
The bitch made a more than satisfactory comeback when second behind Castleland Daz late last month and she can reverse that form with the winner from a more advantageous draw.
The danger could come from Madam Shaw.