The three-year-old ran twice during the turf season, producing a telling late challenge to upset favourite Bunk Off Early at Navan in late October, and finishing a close second behind Stronger Than Me at Leopardstown just four days later.
The latter effort looks particularly good as he was a long way clear of the remainder when beaten just half a length by a horse that followed up in great style, at this track.
The long straight at Leopardstown seemed to suit the selection, as should the finish at this track.
When with Dot Love, he ran at this track four times and showed real promise on three of those occasions.
The step up to 10 furlongs for the Leopardstown race seemed to bring about a little improvement, and another half-furlong should be no problem.
Coakley rode him in both races this season, and knows how to get the best out of him. Expect the horse to be ridden early to get a prominent position from his middle draw, and his stamina can be used to gain the day.
The danger may come from Automated, who didn’t do his chance any good when drifting across the track last time. He did well to finish third behind Jan Van Eyck but is dropping back in trip this time.
While he looks more than capable of making his mark, he may have to settle for a minor role this time.
Facade should take a world of beating in the Big Bad Bob Fillies’ Maiden.
Aidan O’Brien’s runner was making her seasonal debut when runner-up behind Don’t Be over course and distance late last month.
As that was her first run in more than a year, it’s reasonable to expect she will be better for it. She’s likely to be short enough in the betting, but anything less than a victory will be surprising.
Eagle Valley looks the one to give her most to think about. She finished a fine second behind Melanna last time out, and the drop in trip looks a positive.
A maiden victory may be within her capabilities, but she has plenty to find with Facade on official figures.
Nancy Astor may not be best treated by the conditions of the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Rated Race but looks progressive enough to follow up her recent Gowran success.
The Ross O’Sullivan-trained filly had to work hard to get the lead from a wide draw and when there was quite free for part of the journey.
However, she stayed on well to score with a little in hand, and the effort left the impression she could be on an upward curve.
She’s not ideally drawn here but the stronger pace over this shorter trip may help her settle a bit better.