Lady Penelope made a really pleasing debut at Navan last month when finishing third behind the useful Punita Arora.
The finishing position doesn’t really tell the full story though. Lady Penelope travelled really well through the race, so much so, that she hit 1.7 in the run before she weakened out of things in the last half a furlong.
She should progress plenty from that debut and while the testing ground at Tipperary will be an unknown, her sire Night Of Thunder was very effective on soft ground. Providing the ground doesn’t hinder her, it will take a good one to beat her.
Mistress Of Venice makes her handicap debut here off a mark of 76 and we reckon she has plenty of appeal off that mark, in a race now where she gets soft ground again.
She has only encountered soft ground or worse on two occasions in her career. Once as a two-year-old when she was second at Listed Level in York when trained by James Given, and then in June over this course and distance when she broke her maiden.
Track, trip and ground are all in her favour and she looks to have very solid each-way claims in this open looking handicap.
Justifier was quite impressive on debut when winning at Leopardstown in June and the form of that race looks strong with the third from that maiden, Armoury, winning twice since – including at Group 3 level.
While Aidan O’ Brien is a man to always be feared in this contests, his two contenders Royal County Down and Harpocrates don’t really appear to be among his best two-year-olds and are vulnerable to anything above average for this grade.
With Ger Lyons on a high after his first domestic Group 1 on Friday night, Justifier may be able to make a great weekend for him even better.