Class rise no hurdle to smart Our Pal
By DEREK CURRIE
DESPITE stepping up in class, Our Pal should give punters a run for their money in the second event this evening.
Trained by Derek Cruz and to be ridden by the very polished Declan Murphy, Our Pal has been a revelation having already greeted the judge three times this season.
With heavy rain yesterday, the only possible imponderable might be, will he handle the conditions? He is sired by Bakharoff who was also responsible for producing Silver Arrow, and if you check your form book you will find that Silver Arrow defeated the very useful Filipachi on a yielding track over a mile in Class Three last season.
Suffice to say he is different on the dam side but it does give you a little bit of confidence taking a line through Silver Arrow.
He is stepping up in class but the former private purchase griffin has improved with every run so far this season and there is nothing to suggest he is not up to challenging the small field he faces.
Last start over the mile trip which he again contests tonight he defeated a Class Three field that contained the very useful So Easy and Lionheart.
The latter has franked that form by winning fairly well last weekend.
Scandalmonger who finished a close second last start over course and distance may come in for some support but suggestions are that he will not handle the shifting conditions and it may possibly be wiser to look in another direction for quinella chances.
Former Derby aspirant Al Bundy to be ridden by Danny L. T. Leung appeals.
He is eight pounds better off for finishing three lengths behind Scandalmonger last start over course and distance but most importantly, he won over a mile in New Zealand on a soft track.
Grand Warrior, to be ridden by man of the moment, Basil Marcus, has not been too far away in his recent runs but he looks much more comfortable on the top of the ground.
Glory Of India who began his campaign in Class Four this season may have possibly reached his limit but has solid wet-weather form.
Local Colour also began his career in Class Four at the beginning of the season and although he disappointed last start he did run a very good race in this class two start back over the mile at the Valley.
Although, not guaranteed to be at home in the conditions, he did run a fair race on yielding ground last season, finishing just over three lengths adrift.
Brian Kan saddles up the bottomweight Star Mark who is better suited to good-to-firm going, but he is dangerously placed at the weights.