Search For A Song has an excellent pedigree – closely related to the same connections’ Free Eagle – and proved herself a very smart filly last season, winning three of her five starts, notably the Irish St Leger at this track. That was an impressive display, given how headstrong she was in the early stages of the race, and still having plenty left in the tank at the business end over a longer trip.
That form stands out in this field, and this looks a perfect starting point for her. The drop back in distance isn’t a concern given the pace she showed last year and it will be disappointing if she isn’t able to record another win here.
Lough Cutra made plenty of appeal on pedigree – out of a half-sister to the high-class Sea Moon – and has duly shaped with plenty of promise on both of her starts to date, finishing runner-up to a potentially smart type on debut and running with credit when third to the smart Russian Emperor when last seen in March.
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Both of those starts came on heavy ground, and likely better ground could well suit here. This looks a fairly deep maiden, but Lough Cutra sets a good standard on form, and remains open to progress.
Hong Kong finished down the field on his return/handicap debut at Naas in March, but the weight of support behind him in the market that day suggests that connections feel he is fairly treated.
Admittedly, this looks a hot three-year-old handicap, with several unexposed sorts on show, but Hong Kong is well worth another chance. He is yet to race on a sound surface, and it is certainly too soon to be writing him off.