A flat maiden gets racing underway this afternoon at Listowel, and Expreso Brasileiro can get punters off to a flyer by landing the spoils for the in-form stable of Willie McCreery.
The son of Lope De Vega ran well in three maidens before starting life in handicaps off a mark of 68. On that occasion, at Roscommon, he was very badly drawn and his rider had little choice but to restrain him early, and take him across to the rails.
He travelled very strongly throughout but had no luck whatsoever, and finished full of running, just five lengths behind winner Zakhrafa.
While he’s going back to maiden company, it’s clear he will really appreciate today’s testing conditions, and the evidence of his last run suggests he is likely capable of better than he has thus far been able to produce. With ideal conditions, he can reverse previous form with Knockmaole Boy, who is returning after a three-month absence.
The latter has had three runs in maidens, and showed most on yielding-to-soft ground at Gowran on debut. Today’s conditions should help bring out the best in her and if the trip does not prove too sharp, he should reach the frame.
Although not well treated by the conditions of the race, Letter Of Credit can take the Southampton Goodwill Chase for trainer Jimmy Mangan.
The ten-year-old was patiently ridden on his most recent outing, at Galway, and had just crept into contention, looking a real danger, before taking a tumble at the last fence in a chase won by progressive stable companion Perfect Promise.
There was plenty of merit to that effort, given the ground was quicker than ideal and, back on testing conditions, he can make amends.
The biggest danger may come from Texas Jack, who sports blinkers for the first time. He is quite hard to win with, but very talented and never to be ignored.
McCreery could also be on the mark with What Lies Ahead, who has strong claims in the LM Carey & Company Handicap. The five-year-old’s last win came in a maiden hurdle, at Gowran Park, back in March, but ran well in defeat on her most recent start, at Leopardstown, in July.
A return to testing ground should suit and, being well dawn, in stall three, she can take a prominent position early. A strong stayer over this trip, she should give supporters a big run for their money.
Park Ranger is an interesting rival, and can follow her home.
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