With justification, he will be very short in the market – too short to nap – and a repeat of his comeback effort, when he was just touched off by stable companion Bondi Beach, with Ascot Gold Cup favourite Forgotten Rules in fourth, will be more than sufficient to earn him a trip to the winner’s enclosure. On ratings, his nearest pursuer is Chapter Seven, but that rival has his stamina to prove over this near-13-furlong trip, and so Shrewd may be the one to chase the favourite home.
Although Officer Cadet has been a frustrating sort since making a winning track debut, in a bumper at Down Royal in April of last year, he has been found a great opportunity to get back to winning ways, in the Monart Destination Spa Ladies’ Day Tomorrow Beginners’ Chase at Wexford.
A faller on his first start over fences, he ran a fine race in defeat behind Easter Hunt on his next outing, over three miles one and a half furlongs. Given a good ride that day, he was brought with every chance, but failed to see out the trip.
Dropped back to two miles six at Kilbeggan last week, he was being given a patient ride before hitting the sixth fence pretty hard, and losing all chance.
That was a much better race than this and with the in-form Paul Carberry in the plate, the six-year-old can hunt around early, before arriving late to land the nap. Quiet Account may be the one to follow him home.
The Not A Moment Too Soon Fillies’ Maiden looks a good opportunity for Peace Mission to get off the mark. Tom Mullins’ filly made a fine start to her career when chasing home the 81-rated Dawn Mirage at Gowran Park, but ran a little below that level when fading late to finish fifth behind Cognitive Ease in a competitive race at Leopardstown eight days ago.
She tried to make all on the latter occasion and, for a moment, looked to have her rivals in trouble as she went for home from the top of the straight. She was eased when beaten inside the final furlong, and perhaps the bit of dig in the ground didn’t suit.
Back on a quicker surface and drawn in stall one this time, she has chance to set the tempo once more and can fend off her rivals, headed by Gladly.