There was plenty to like about ELYSIUM‘s second career start at Navan last month and her pedigree suggests she will be even better over this longer trip.
Joseph O’Brien’s pair certainly warrant respect, particularly State Of Rest who made a winning debut at Fairyhouse last month and should improve for that experience.
Low grade stuff, but an interesting handicap with consistent sorts like JM Barrie, Sweet Justice and Take My Hand all holding solid claims.
Tommy The Hat has been given a chance by the handicapper after a good run at Roscommon, but at least an each-way chance can be given to SANSEVERO CHAPEL – who caught the eye at Limerick before finding the trip maybe too sharp at Sligo.
Billy Lee has been booked, his trainer likes having winners at Leopardstown, and this trip should suit ideally if he can get some luck in running.
A bit of dead wood here but cases can be made for quite a few. Accladora would be worthy of a change of luck, while the likes of Caesar’s Comet and Legendre are amongst those that have very solid claims of getting involved.
Preference though is for PALABRES (NAP), who beat an impressive subsequent winner over 1m here last month and only has a 5lb penalty to contend with. The drop back to 7 furlongs should not inconvenience him.
Joseph O’Brien’s yard have been in good form in recent weeks and he has a strong hand in this event with his three runners.
The obvious one to side with is DEGRAVES, who takes a drop in class having won a Group 3 here when last seen and provided he’s ready to go on seasonal reappearance, he could be hard to beat.
The progressive Delphi looks like the main danger and like the selection, he’s expected to improve over this longer trip.
Plenty in here with chances, but the vote goes to the well-bred CENTROID.
The half-brother to Enable won his debut over course and distance and his comeback run at the Curragh wasn’t devoid of promise when returning from 663 days off.
Rocky Blue is another interesting one, but the drop back to 1m 2f is a slight concern.
Koola Buala had a couple of these in behind at Fairyhouse last time, but our preference is for GIN BLOSSOM who can reverse form.
She gives the impression she will relish this step up in trip and first-time headgear could eke out improvement. Lizzies Song is interesting if she can take a step forward from her debut at the Curragh last year.
It’s hard to oppose AZTEC PARADE who has shown a fair amount more than all of his rivals in this line up and connections would appear to have found him an ideal opportunity to lose his maiden tag.
Loved Out could prove to be best of the rest, even if it’s just a reproduction of the modest form he’s shown so far.
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