THE phrase “upwardly mobile” is bandied about willy-nilly (another oft-used phrase) these days. But if it fits anybody, then it fits Fergal O’Brien. He is enjoying an excellent campaign and, despite a quieter past few weeks, his yard has already surpassed last season’s tally of winners. The likes of Down Ace and Alvarado have done the team at Cilldara Stud in Gloucestershire proud and it’s set for a best-ever season. Tomorrow Down Ace reappears in the Mares’ Final at Newbury but it could be BALZACCIO, above, who gives O’Brien another good Saturday.
The nine-year-old has run two solid races recently and is running off an attractive rating of 120, especially when you consider he was a 135 horse a couple of seasons ago. He will also have his optimum conditions as his best form is on decent ground. He is available at around 7/1 and that looks good value.
Other fancies tomorrow include:
CLOUDINGSTAR (3.55 Bangor): Won with plenty in hand on his chasing debut last Sunday and makes a quick reappearance to take advantage of an attractive mark. He should be up to defying a 7lb penalty.
IMJOEKING (3.05 Kelso): An attractive horse and a real strong chasing type. This could be the ideal opportunity to get off the mark as he does not look too badly treated.
SEA HERE (4.25 Lingfield): Is there a more beautifully bred horse? By Sea The Stars out of Oaks winner Look Here, Sea Here showed promise on her second run and Ralph Beckett may have found a nice opportunity for her to get off the mark.
Bumper runners THOMAS BROWN (5.40 Bangor) and L’AMIRAL DAVID (4.40 Newbury) are both highly regarded and are two for the notebook regardless of how they perform tomorrow.