Of the newcomers, Brosna Empress is the most interesting for the high-flying Jessica Harrington yard but Amazed By Grace and DENSE STAR both have solid runs behind them and that can give them the edge, with the latter taken to come out on top.
Experience can count for a lot here, with THE BLUE PANTHER (NAP) taken to make it third time lucky, following a fine second here last time. Street Kid and Vafortino appeal most of the newcomers but face difficult enough tasks conceding weight to a race-fit rival with proven form.
Very competitive with several in-form sprinters. SESTRIERE is still a maiden but the manner in which she flew home at Tipperary on easy ground suggests her turn is near. She gets the vote over the likes of Boughtinthedark, Ticks The Boxes, Doonard Prince and Plough Boy.
The well-bred debutant I Am Thunder is interesting and is feared if attracting market support. However, of those with form, this should be between ILLETAS and Shooting Spirit, who were second and fifth behind a smart sort here last time, and the former should confirm that form. The latter has 3.75l to find with the selection but, as a son of Lope De Vega, his cause would be helped if the ground eases.
Plenty of ifs and buts about all of these runners but LADY MAURA looked like she was crying out for a drop in trip when weakening late on at Leopardstown last time and is a hopeful pick. Similarly, Pixel Power, Village Rock and Too Hard To Hold can put in improved efforts from dropping to this trip.
A maiden which may not take that much winning. Form clues are limited so pretty much guesswork, but perhaps Irish Oaks entry LILLI MILENA can build on a respectable juvenile effort to play a major role. Zanahiyr and Monopoly are potential improvers now upped in trip, while support for Jim Bolger’s newcomer Hook Head is worth noting.
Conor Hogan is an obvious starting point following an encouraging comeback run at Roscommon last week but he didn’t seem to quite get home there over 1m2f so there are legitimate stamina concerns here. One who should relish this trip is the top-weight Nostra Casa, a half-brother to the classy stayer Forgotten Rules, who stayed on well over slightly shorter at Fairyhouse last week and who is now visored. However, a chance is taken on WOJOOD, a well-bred sort bred to stay and who showed definite promise at Dundalk in March. He can continue Denis Hogan’s fine run.
Several of these caught the eye last time, notably Kalanoura, Aasleagh Fawn and SWITCH AROUND, with marginal preference for the last-named. It is telling that such a well-bred filly was kept in training and she is surely capable of winning in this grade, especially now stepping up in trip. Willie Mullins’ Cool Colonnade has to be respected while Lighthouse Lady has the ability to run well.
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