With three juvenile winners on the board since the resumption of racing a week ago, Ballydoyle is making up for lost time and there must be a strong chance of GIORGIO VASARI making it four here. A half-brother to a fast juvenile in Phoenix Stakes winner Sioux Nation and by an equally fast one in Air Force Blue, who has already produced a smart looking type for the yard, he could prove hard to beat. By the same sire, My Boy Charles could prove the danger.
There is probably little to separate the Ballydoyle pair, Darkest and Love Bracelet, and the supposed outsiders from that stable regularly better their more fancied stablemates. However, preference is for ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ, who ran below form behind the first-named filly at Naas last time on heavy ground, and can reverse that form on this faster surface. Lilandra is of interest if the market speaks positively.
Seemingly a good opportunity for PAPA BEAR, whose Curragh second last summer stands out in a weak enough maiden. Koolasice, Ecclesiastical and Ampeson look likely types for the placings, while the selection’s stablemate Kells is worth watching for future reference.
Just a head separated SLADE RUNNER and Mogwli at Leopardstown last week, the former having been drawn on the wide outside and then meeting trouble in running when beginning his move over a furlong home. Not knocked about once his chance had gone, he could prove the one to beat here. Sebs Star is interesting now with a senior rider aboard, having run too keenly under a 10lb claimer last time, while Christine’s Angel was an eyecatcher at Gowran on Thursday but surely wants further on that evidence.
A mixture of ordinary maidens on the Flat and over hurdles with some smart bumper performers thrown in, notably RUN FOR OSCAR, who attempts to emulate his half-sister Run For Mary who landed a Flat maiden last October, having previously won both a bumper and over hurdles. Powerful Ted has a RP bumper rating 5lb inferior to the selection but with more of a Flat pedigree could prove the main threat. Rayounpour has solid place claims, while Dermot Weld’s newcomer Accompanied is worth a market check.
Withdrawn due to the quick ground at the Curragh on Saturday, top-weight Melburnian will likely need significant rain to take part, and preference is for POLITICISE (NAP), who should appreciate this trip, having just failed to get home over 2m last time. Pearl Warrior got bogged down in the testing ground behind Melburnian at Leopardstown but could prove a different proposition back on better ground and an easier track.
The Gordon Elliott-trained pair of Take A Turn and WALKABOUT are a good focal point in a tricky race, especially the latter, as he won off a long lay-off last year before running well several times. He could repeat the trick. Walking On Glass also won on his seasonal debut last year and is a solid performer who should be involved, though he has a wide draw. Shoulda Lied is having his first start for a new yard but is 8lb higher than when winning last summer.
This looks mainly between two horses who made great progress over hurdles last term, Tronador and RAZOUL, with marginal preference for the latter, who has the more favourable draw. The selection has a rating of 132 over hurdles and, though he became very disappointing on the Flat, jumping seems to have reinvigorated him so he should go close off this lowly mark. Sharjah can be relied upon to run well, while Miraculum is worth keeping an eye on in the market.
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