Given that Aidan O’Brien supplied an impressive winner of the fillies maiden at Naas on Monday, all eyes will be on his duo here, with Snowfall appearing the main hope judged on jockey bookings.
The delay in proceedings has seemed to have benefitted the Ballydoyle handler more than most, sending out seven winners since Sunday. The high flying Jessica Harrington, fresh from a hat-trick on Monday, is doubly represented and Shane Foley partnering No Speak Alexander suggests that she’s the pick of that duo.
Joseph O’Brien is also doubly represented and while Sola Luna is being partnered by Declan McDonagh, SENSE OF STYLE is the pick on her pedigree, being a full sister to Leo De Fury. He won his first two starts last season. So in summary, while Ballydoyle are likely to dominate again, the value perhaps lies with Sense Of Style.
While unlikely to produce anything special, this three-year-old maiden features a couple of intriguing sorts and none more so than YOU’RESOBEAUTIFUL, who caught the eye when just touched off over 6f at Dundalk in March.
On that occasion, Fozzy Stack’s daughter of No Nay Never lost nothing in defeat and it’s worth noting that the winner and the third, Dark Vadar and The King Of Kells, both finished placed in a value handicap at Naas ten days later.
The combination of fitness and experience are likely to stand to her also. Eden Quay will dominate the market, after an encouraging third on her only start as a juvenile, while any market moves for Na Blianta Beo, a daughter of Finsceal Beo, should be noted too.
A race won by Aidan O’Brien three times in the last six years, he’s solely represented by Passion in the latest renewal of the Salsabil Stakes. The daughter of Galileo broke her duck at Cork last season but disappointed badly in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Jessica Harrington won this race back in 2015 with Bocca Baciata and the pick of her pair is undoubtedly ONE VOICE, who impressed when winning a Leopardstown maiden last July. The runner-up Auxilia franked the form on her next two starts and One Voice holds an entry in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes. She’s taken to give the Commonstown Stud team another winner this week.
On official ratings, Mount Everest should be winning this Heritage Stakes but he’s got a couple of negatives to overcome. On both of his seasonal reappearances to date, he’s looked badly in need of his comeback run and his best run to date came when there was plenty of give in the ground when winning last season’s Trigo Stakes.
On the contrary, BUCKHURST is a lot more consistent and finished ahead of Mount Everest in the Group 2 Paddy Power Betting Shops Stakes when giving his rival 3lbs. He’s a 1lb better off here and he should have the beating once again of a ring-rusty Mount Everest.
A lot will depend on whether first reserve GEE REX gets in after a highly encouraging first run for Joseph O’Brien at Naas on Monday. The four-year-old caught the eye on a few occasions last season for John Hayden and there was plenty to like about his run two days ago, when he finished a staying-on eighth.
Off a career low mark of 72, he looks potentially thrown in but currently sits as first reserve. Mohtarrif has his first run for Ger Lyons since his move from Marcus Tregoning and judged on his Lingfield novice stakes success, he could have plenty up his sleeve. He looks the answer should Gee Rex not get a run.