The opening maiden on the card looks competitive but may lack quality. The trainer jockey combo of Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan have made an incredible start to the season and things are likely to get better for Heffernan with Ryan Moore sticking to the UK for foreseeable future.
Like all Aidan O Brien runners Lovelier is likely to come on for debut performance and has a perfect draw in stall five. Expect a front-running performance from the full sister to the top-class filly Winter.
Fozzy Stack has been among the winners also and Lynn Britt Cabin went into the tracker after an encouraging performance on debut at Naas last September. Despite the wide draw in box 11, he can play a part for the in-form trainer and jockey Chris Hayes.
Line Judge showed huge promise on debut at Dundalk in January when third and gets the nod in this 7f maiden. Trainer Joseph O’Brien was impressed and upped him in class in a conditions event over 1m in March, where he was a little disappointing. He can make amends now his sights have been lowered and drops back to more realistic company.
Jessica Harrington has already sent out five winners this week and Pixel Power is among the market leaders but has been done no favours by the draw in stall 11. Breaking News has a nice pedigree and represents Jim Bolger who has also bagged a couple of winners, but again the draw in stall 12 has to be overcome for him to make a winning debut.
Another competitive contest with the big stables represented. Experience in a race like this is invaluable and Jessica Harrington’s runner was placed a few times in seven runs last season and should appreciate the faster ground today.
Another plum draw against the rail in stall one and jockey Shane Foley will be looking to get the fractions right. There’s no Ballydoyle runner in this race but Ger Lyons’ Maker of Kings and Dermot Weld’s Emiyn could be big dangers despite their wide draws.
A huge week for the trainer / jockey combo of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Siskin heading the market in Friday’s 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Bucky Larson has been in excellent form on the all weather at Dundalk earlier this year and the stable were among the winners at Navan yesterday. Both Bucky Larson’s turf wins have been over a mile so he should be staying on strongly over today’s 7f trip.
Aido McGuinness’ War Hero is a big danger on Dundalk form as he chased home Monday’s Naas winner and the Royal Ascot-bound Sceptical. He’s got the stall eight berth – just inside Bucky Larson in stall 10 – and any market moves should be noted.