Eastern Voice is not yet the finished article and has failed to build on his debut promise in his two subsequent outings, collared late on in a Naas maiden last month before finding two too good at listed level recently. He has achieved more than the rest of this field in bare form terms however, and Jim Bogler’s runners are in good form at the minute, so this looks a good opportunity for him to open his account.
Crystal Dawn was well supported on her first outing for Gavin Patrick Cromwell at Fairyhouse last month, but she just wasn’t as sharp as the three who finished ahead of her after four months off. She should come on for that run and is expected to be bang there on her second run for her new yard.
Grammata may only have an ordinary pedigree but she showed ability when second at the Curragh on debut, and she improved on that form when five lengths seventh in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, just unable to sustain her effort. She should be getting off the mark sooner rather than later and this could be the perfect opportunity for her to do just that.
Monument Valley has taken on his fair share of quality opposition in his short racing career, finishing ninth in a race won by 2000 Guineas second Wichita on debut, before finishing seventh in a Leopardstown maiden that was subsequently extremely well advertised in the Irish Derby. He couldn’t strictly prove on the latter effort when runner-up at the Curragh last month, but he did shape encouragingly, finding only subsequent Derby winner Serpentine too good. He remains with potential and is a banker for a maiden, most likely this one.
Fame And Acclaim again ran well when a very good second at Naas recently, wandering about a bit under pressure and worn down inside the final furlong, but still sticking to his task and coming clear of the remainder. He will go on improving and has a good chance on form.
Lord Rapscallion confirmed the promise of his previous run (a race that has already produced a winner) to get off the mark for the season at Bellewstown earlier this month, apprentice jockey Nikita Amelia Kane able to get across from a wide draw and ensure her mount was never too far away, asserting in the final furlong a winning cosily. Lord Rapscallion is certainly a horse on the upgrade, and with Johnny Murtagh’s string in good nick at present, he is taken to follow up his recent success.
Soul Search could only manage tenth place in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her return to action last month, but she capitalised on a drop in grade to belatedly open her account at Naas subsequently, winning cosily after quickening to lead inside the final furlong. She shaped better than the bare result back up in grade when a respectable fifth at Fairyhouse last week, likely to have been placed with a clear run, and she could be worth chancing to get her head back in front in what appears to be a wide-open contest.
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