It’s Bank Holiday Monday, which means only one thing, lots of racing up and down the country and the day’s nap comes in the shape of Farraaj (3:55) in the first division of the extended 7f maiden at Warwick.
Roger Varian’s Dubai Destination colt ran a really promising race on debut, when a head second to Archbishop at Sandown, and he can go one better here, despite the fact that Endowing has collateral form lines to suggest he has stronger claims.
In the opener at Bangor-On-Dee smart bumper performer Priceless Art (2:15) should finally get off the mark over hurdles, with the booking of Tony McCoy looking significant.
He really ought to have won at Sedgefield in March, where he didn’t look totally straightforward up the home straight and the champion jockey looks the right man to have in the saddle.
Over in Ireland Steps To Freedom (6:35) can reverse recent form with Priomhbhean in Galway’s Listed contest and return to winning ways for Jessie Harrington.
A winner of the Aintree bumper when trained by Gordon Elliot, the five-year-old has already made up in to a smart Flat performer and he can gain his second success on the level this evening.
John Oxx’s Zanughan could be a big threat, as he was last seen in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, but he disappointed that day and, having been absent since, it is likely that he has had a setback of some sort and Steps To Freedom (who was trading at 11/4 on Sunday evening) can strike.
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