Paul Deegan’s gelding finished third behind Niven on his seasonal debut, on heavy ground at Limerick, and followed up by finishing second behind Texas Radio on quicker conditions at Gowran Park.
Although well beaten on the latter occasion, the winner looked well-handicapped and it was a fine effort from the runner-up.
Well drawn tonight, he can take up a prominent position from the outset, and is fancied to see off the anticipated challenges of Blairmayne and Midst.
Palavicini Run will take a world of beating in the opening race, a ten-furlong claimer.
Jessica Harrington’s filly tried to make all over a marginally shorter trip last time out at Wexford, but was picked up in the dying strides by the patiently ridden Credit The Giver.
The conditions of this race, and the selection’s claiming value in particular, point to her being extremely well treated, and she can secure a first success, at the expense of top-weight Power Grid.
Pacodali looks to have been found a great opportunity in the median auction maiden over seven furlongs. Johnny Murtagh’s horse was an expensive failure at Gowran Park on his penultimate start, but ran a superb race to finish fourth, beaten just three lengths, behind subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad in the listed Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh on his most recent start.
That level of form stands out against today’s opposition, and he can earn an overdue first victory at the expense of Footbridge.
The latter looked promising on sole start last year, but disappointed on his two starts this term. However, it’s too soon to write him off, and a mark of 86 suggests he’ll be very hard to keep out of the frame.