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Jim Bolger allows EAGLEFIELD to take his chance only four days after his debut at Gowran. Having deprived the Ballydoyle-trained favourite of second on that occasion he may now deny Aidan O’Brien’s Jeroboam, twice runner-up at Dundalk. Emilie Gray shaped well first time out at the Curragh and could bounce back after a less encouraging Cork run.
Taken out of race at the Curragh earlier in the week, when the ground turned soft, AUSSIE ACE (NAP) sets a high standard by virtue of his second to the subsequent 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare here last month. Numerian, the highest-rated runner, is hard to win with. He may not prove as dangerous as his stablemate Raise You.
Two once-raced fillies are interesting against the more exposed runners. A hopeful vote goes to last month’s course 7 furlongs winner ACANELLA who could be tested by Shandra, an impressive Curragh winner last August.
Sense Of Style, closely matched with Fantasy Lady on juvenile form, finished in front of several of these here four weeks ago. It would be rash to rule out Joan Of Arc, sixth on that occasion.
Heavy-ground Group 1 winner Mac Swiney also won a Group 2 on soft and a maiden on yielding ground. On livelier going here, and lacking an outing this term, he may not cope with the Ballysax winner BOLSHOI BALLET – who is aiming to give Aidan O’Brien a 14th success in this event. Taipan, third in the Ballysax, may reach the money again.
Ubuntu sets the standard on her Group placed effort from last year, but she’s been well below that form twice since and might be vulnerable. A chance is taken on ANNERVILLE, who could hardly have been more eye-catching when fourth on debut here last month and that form will probably turn out to be well above average. Sunniyra is another to consider with the step up in trip likely to suit and Call Me Sweetheart can be expected to take a sizeable leap forward from her debut run.
This is wide-open, but a chance is taken on TAURAN SHAMAN who had excuses when beaten two lengths last time out and the yard’s runners seem to be improving from their first runs of the campaign.
The well handicapped Tudor City has a tough draw, but warrants respect back on the Flat and Lethal Power hinted at a return to form last time out.
There was plenty to like about the handicap debut of LOS ANDES here on his reappearance and there’s every chance this step up in trip will see him to better effect. Sir William Bruce is another who should appreciate a greater stamina test and he’s the choice of Ryan Moore.
Several of these are closely matched on their Limerick form from 15 days ago, where Macadam’s Rock had a few of these rivals in behind and the handicapper has leniently left him alone.
Aidan O’Brien has a remarkable record in this race having won the last five renewals and his first-string THE MEDITERRANEAN looks sure to relish this longer trip having run a promising race over an insufficient 7 furlongs on debut.
Stablemate King Of The Castle has shaped with promise so far and is another likely to appreciate a greater stamina test. There was a bit to like about the debut of Egyptian Rock; he’s another to consider in what should be an informative affair.
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