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A typically trappy end-of-season handicap, but both ROCCIA BELLA (best price 7-1) and SEE OF ROME (best price 10-1) arrive here in decent shape and are worth playing against the field. 

The former has had the lighter campaign of the pair and even though she got beat on her latest outing at Gowran, it was arguably her best career performance. In a hot fillies’ handicap where the pace was strong, the daughter of Fastnet Rock only just got run out of the argument by the fast-finishing Bona Fide from the Dermot Weld yard, but with the progressive and dual-winner Best Not Argue back in third, the form has a solid appearance.

Winner of a 17-strong handicap on bottomless ground over the same C&D the time before, Michael O’Callaghan’s filly clearly doesn’t find plenty of give underfoot, and providing she’s just as effective going left-handed, everything looks set fair for a positive display.

The latter has taken a while to find his feet in his new surroundings, but back on his favoured soft ground he ran out an impressive winner over today’s C&D and a repeat of that effort should see Damian English’s gelding take high rank.

Formerly with Richard Hughes when trained in the UK, the son of Pour Moi had dropped to the sort of mark which allowed him to bounce back to form, and although he faces a stiffer test back at the scene of that facile success, the four-year-old has the back-class and conditions to offset that negative.



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