He looks to have as good a chance as any in this. He won his bumper in good style on Boxing Day and then clearly bumped into a smart one in the shape of current Supreme favourite Melon at Leopardstown last time; a reproduction of that form may be good enough here.
The first thing to say is that he has no easy task giving recent Fairyhouse winner Ball D’Arc 9lb here. The official ratings tell you as much. And I liked the look of Enda’s Ballyoisin last time as well. But if the real Identity Thief stands up here then I would hope he would be good enough. One thing is for sure though, and that is he needs to be winning this to book his ticket to Cheltenham. Things quickly went wrong with him when I pulled up him up two starts ago and he unseated at the first last time, but he has the class to be winning this at his best.
I’ll cut straight to the chase. I think Sutton Place will take plenty of beating here after his reappearance win. I think a place is the most that I can hope for from my mount, who has seen plenty in his career and is getting on a bit at 11yo now. We actually won this race two years ago, though.
Road To Respect
This is a very good race and the big question my horse has to answer is whether he truly stays 3m. If he does then on his recent form against the likes of Min and Some Plan then you have to give him a fair chance. But this looks a very deep race and a few will be fancying their chances in this Grade 2.
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