The Punt Daily: Tom Collins with three to follow on Thursday
Ruby Walsh chose the wrong Willie Mullins runner in this novice chase last year when Rathvinden came out on top under Paul Townend, but he looks to be on the right horse this time around as topweight Cadmium should take the prize fairly effortlessly. The six-year-old gelding remains unexposed with just six runs to his name since moving from France and has won on four occasions - only disappointing on his two runs in the softest conditions he's tackled. He absolutely hacked up in a 24-runner event at Punchestown on his penultimate start, recording an RPR of 153 in the process, before dotting up at Roscommon despite having to give weight all round to useful sorts. He should prove too good for his opposition once more.
Three-year-olds have dominated the Group 1 Nassau Stakes in recent years (seven of the last ten winners) and Sir Michael Stoute's unexposed Veracious, who makes just her fourth career start, can add her name to the illustrious list. The daughter of Frankel came on leaps and bounds from her debut run last year to hack up by four lengths in a Newmarket novice event with a subsequent Listed winner following her home in second. She was given the winter off and returned with a cracking effort to finish third to Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, despite being a bit gassy according to Frankie Dettori. She's sure to have come on a lot for that run and doesn't face anything in the same stratosphere as the winner here.
Dasmyhoss originally caught my eye in this competitive 55-70 handicap but then I stumbled across Shark Hanlon's Camlann and now I can't get away from him. The dual-purpose performer absolutely loves it at Ballybrit (form figures of 443313277) and has clearly been lined up for a pop at winning another event at the festival this year. He was backed off the boards for a handicap here last year and travelled like the best horse in the race, only to be denied by a reserve who got in at the last minute. He's had a perfect preparation this season and put in a career-best performance when he was last seen on the track by denying the useful Le Martalin in a Killarney novice chase. I'd be surprised if he didn't take this off a nice racing weight of 9st 9lb.
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