It didn’t take long for Joseph O’Brien to get a good tune out of this runner when a half a length third to Sheberghan a fortnight ago under similar conditions. He certainly is well handicapped, but is still searching for that elusive first victory at Fundalk.
While he is drawn a little wide in stall 14 on Friday night – that will be factored into his price.
Aidan O’Brien’s runner made no mistake when mopping up a little contest at Lingfield by an easy-looking five lengths when last seen. He ran in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last season as a 33/1 outsider, finishing 13th of 17 to stablemate Arizona. He’s the type to make a much better three-year-old as he has a good bit of size and scope about him.
The bar is not set particularly high for this Listed contest on official ratings.
Madeleine Tylicki ran much better with the first-time tongue tie and blinkers on, even if she did get a little bit excited and was on her toes beforehand, when fifth to American Lady three weeks ago.
That was over the minimum 5f trip and she steps back up to 7f on Friday night. That looks sure to suit the way she hit the line last time. Kevin Manning is making his way to Dundalk for just this ride again and the hint should be taken.
He doesn’t need the practice.
The top-weight has been a really good servant for this outfit for some time now, winning six times. It’s a little surprising that she hasn’t had that many tries on the all-weather as yet, but she has a couple of things very much in her favour.
She is very well handicapped off 70 compared to her best rating in the 90’s at one point.
The six-year-old is returning to action having had a wind operation and the yard are in hot form also.
He is still a maiden after 10 starts, but was gelded recently and went very, very close when just chinned at Wolverhampton straight after. He was was punted strongly at Lingfield last time, but it was a fairly quick turnaround and he ran as if he wasn’t over his efforts from his first run since the operation.
They’ve given him 37 days this time and he gets Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle for the first time.
The top-weight finally drops down to his last winning mark of 50 and slots into this class seven company for the very first time. He should be effective in this company, even if he’s only managed to grace the winners enclosure once from 19 tries.
This is his easiest ask for some time.