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Lifetime Legend sets the standard on form but with race fitness on his side, it might be worth taking a chance on OTTOMAN EMPEROR. Johnny Murtagh’s colt posted a promising effort when beaten roughly 3 lengths on debut at Dundalk last month and he should be able to build on that. Supposedtobe is another to consider back on turf.
This looks like a good opportunity for KAILASH to get off the mark in first-time headgear. He should come on for his recent comeback run when third at Navan and sets a clear standard on the best of his two-year-old form. Star Official was in behind the selection on debut and is another who may improve for his reappearance while Dunmain Power could well improve over this longer trip.
A wide draw isn’t ideal, but MORPH SPEED seems to be improving since he’s joined Richard O’Brien’s yard and he was impressive when winning at Tipperary earlier in the week. Fugacious may still be a maiden after 23 attempts, but he’s been in good form of late and he could be the main danger to the selection.
A recent second placing at Leopardstown gives Vocito a strong chance, but that was over 7 furlongs and he may not reverse previous 1m 2f Navan form with HELVIC PRINCESS. Barretstown, who is running beyond 1m for the first time, should go close if seeing out the trip. Medway should enter calculations if making a quick reappearance after his Dundalk run.
Only six runners, but hard to rule out any of them. Arguably BLUE FOR YOU has the best credentials by virtue of his defeat of subsequent dual Group 1 second Wembley at Galway. Isle Of Sark was not beaten far at Group 3 level in the Ballysax, and O’Reilly did it well in a maiden on the same Leopardstown card.
Better ground should help EMILIE GRAY to take a significant step forward from her third placing first time out at the Curragh. The obvious dangers are Blazing Star and Stardayz, while the superbly-bred Sweet Molly Malone remains of interest despite having failing to distinguish herself in two outings at two.
Plenty of these have chances including Golden Valour and Ice Cold In Alex who are closely matched on form. However, the tentative vote goes the way of ACQUIESCENT, who won first time up last term and looks open to progress as a four-year-old with just nine starts under her belt. El Padre is another to consider on handicap debut.
The rider’s claim will help to take the sting out of the 5lbs rise handed to BENKOGAMBIT (NAP) for his Gowran third. He has been consistent and may cope with a likely challenge from Colin Keane’s mount International Lady, whose Dundalk runs have been encouraging. Abogados has a chance on his best juvenile form. Miss March is a potential dark horse.
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