There was plenty to like about GULF OF AIDAN‘s reappearance at Naas when third behind a couple of useful rivals and with further progress entirely possible, she’s the one to beat.
Call Of The Jungle may come on for her comeback run at Leopardstown and Ahyoka is the most interesting of the newcomers.
It’s hard to oppose LILANDRA after her promising debut at Fairyhouse 17 days ago and a reproduction of that effort could be enough to take this.
I Know I Can and Clear Quartz both showed enough on debut to suggest they are capable of winning races and they complete the shortlist.
The course winner POWERSVILLE was only beaten half a length seven days ago and she may be up to defying a 3lb rise in the weights here, with conditions likely to be in her favour.
Athas An Bhean could be well handicapped and it might be best to ignore her latest start at Navan.
It was a promising effort from FOOL PROOF nine days ago when he had a few of these in behind and he may be able to take advantage of a useful draw against the rail.
Sweettasteoflove could benefit from first-time headgear and it would be no surprise to see him improve for a drop back in trip.
The key piece of form in here is the race won by JAN WELLENS (NAP) at Roscommon last month and Ger Lyons’ gelding is taken to confirm form with several of these who finished in behind.
Little Brother who was third that day could be the main threat if he improves for this step up in trip.
There may be a couple of well handicapped sorts in here, most notably SICARIO who was only beaten half a length at Leopardstown last time, and he won from higher marks when trained in Britain.
Take A Turn is a leading player if he comes on for the run at Fairyhouse last time, while Rocky Blue can’t be ruled out if ready on return from an absence.
Although most unlikely to fulfil her Irish Oaks entry, LILLI MILENA can gain a valuable winning bracket here. The extended trip appeared too far for the daughter of Dansili at Navan, having travelled well into the race. But, this shorter distance could prove ideal.
Born To Rule holds a leading chance on ratings but is not a certain stayer, while Kells could improve for this step up in trip.
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