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Irish Pearl went into plenty of notebooks at Beverley last time and, although a stiffer track would have been preferable, I simply cannot let her go unbacked in the Folkestone 4.20 this afternoon. Karl Burke's speedy filly was not given a hard time of it when meeting trouble in running from the back of the field at Beverley on her first try at the minimum and is well worth another go.
Getting beat four lengths by Divine Spirit doesn't make her a good thing here, admittedly, but she travelled conspicuously well that day and looks capable of winning a handicap off her current mark. Prior to being held up at Beverley she was made more use of and hopefully that will be the case today from a good draw as the firing line is the place to be at Folkestone, particularly on soft ground. There has been reasonable market support this morning but the 7.0 still available is worth taking.
Over at Bath in the 4.40 a lot is being made of Philip Robinson riding Tudor Prince and he looks plenty short enough for a horse that is difficult to catch right. The money was left behind by a shrewd yard last time and, although a retrieval mission could be on the cards in a weaker race, I’d rather look elsewhere.
At around 9.0 Don Pele is worth consideration with his penultimate run over course and distance looking very decent in the context of this race. He disappointed last time but saw a lot of daylight and only faded inside the last hundred yards. Blinkers wouldn't have to perk him up much for him to take a hand and I've had a speculative wager.
Back Irish Pearl 2nd @ 7.0
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