Inscribe to help title-chasing Keane carve out vital victory.
Inscribe 2.55 Gowran Park 2pts win THERE are 13 fixtures remaining in the Irish Flat season and Colin Keane leads Pat Smullen 82-81 in the battle for the jockeys' title. Every winner from now on is vital and the pacesetter could extend his lead at Gowran Park thanks to Inscribe in the www.
gowranpark.ie Handicap (2.55) over a mile.
Ger Lyons has a terrific record with his recruits from Britain - Sea Wolf chief among them - and Inscribe looks just the type on whom he can work his magic.
The three-year-old ran twice on the all-weather for Sir Michael Stoute and, while he was well beaten both times, there were definite signs of promise in a 1m2f at Kempton on his second start when he kept on steadily under hands and heels up the home straight.
He was the apparent second string on his first start for Lyons in a maiden over this trip at Navan last month, but finished ahead of Colin Keane's mount and once again shaped as though he was getting the hang of the game. He seemed to handle the ground fine too.
With three runs under his belt, Inscribe now makes his first start in handicap company off a mark of 69. While most of his rivals have had tough seasons and are thoroughly exposed. Neither fact applies to the selection and he could prove a cut above in a weak race.
Take The High Road 5.00 Gowran Park 2pts win Keane and Lyons will also be hoping to land the Racing Again November 25th Maiden (5.00) with the 92-rated World War, but he has failed in ten previous efforts to get off the mark and doesn't look to be progressing.
Neither does another of the market leaders, the Pat Smullen-ridden Solo Saxophone, so it is worth taking them both on with Take The High Road.
The once-raced son of Kyllachy didn't get to show what he is really made of on his debut over this course and distance last month as he got caught in traffic early in the home straight.
However, there was a lot to like about how he picked up inside the final few furlongs - keeping on nicely without being knocked about. He looked the type that would come on leaps and bounds for that run and, in stark contrast to the market principals, he has huge scope for improvement.
He seemed to handle the testing ground perfectly well on his sole start, so conditions should not pose a problem.