Aidan O’Brien has won this maiden 13 times over the past 24 years and he can make it six wins on the bounce with ONTARIO (NAP), who has already shown a decent level of ability – enough to officially see him get off the mark here at least.
Stablemate HMS Seahorse was a minor eye-catcher on debut and could well give him most to think about, while it wouldn’t be any surprise if Dermot Weld’s Halite took a big step forward from his introduction.
There are plenty of nice prospects in here who can make their presence felt. The selection goes the way of CASTEL GANDOLFO who performed to a decent level on debut and had heavy ground as an excuse last time.
The Rain King is worth monitoring in the market after flopping at the Curragh last time, but Eshtiya might be the main danger for Dermot Weld.
A particularly tough race to find the winner of, but Dermot Weld’s HIGHTIMEYOUWON has enough in his favour and shades the vote.
The son of Garswood produced a career best when justifying favouritism at Naas last time and this longer trip as well as a workable mark for handicap debut give him leading claims.
Annexation has been in good form since joining Henry de Bromhead and can go well again here.
Willie McCreery and Billy Lee hit the target here on Monday with Royal Canford and can strike with another filly here in the shape of INNERVISIONS, who is bred to be much better than she has shown to date but didn’t run all that badly in what turned out to be a hot race last time.
She should put up a bold show from a low draw, although Magic Chegaga is very much feared on her handicap debut and Zoom Zoom Babe is very dependable.
The handicapper may have done enough to keep Talking Tough at bay.
Quite an open maiden on paper. Zozimus and Lightning Jock are closely matched on their Cork form from last month and the pair both shaped like they would appreciate this longer trip.
However, preference is for NO PATIENCE who took a big step forward at Bellewstown last time when showing a good attitude to stay on for second and that should hold him in good stead in a race of this nature.
The form of the Cork Derby could hardly be working out any better and with the chance that WAR DIARY can come on for that run when an excellent second, he’s the tentative selection in a very open race.
Pearl Warrior was in behind that day and is respected, while another career best could see Halimi in the mix.
It’s difficult to get away from Dark Voyager after his excellent effort here on Monday, but ANDRATX has plenty going for him here and could be worth chancing, having blown away the cobwebs with a couple of runs lately following a long lay-off.
Son Of Hypnos could yet have more to offer and is respected, while Nightly Wailing and Call Me Dolly ran encouragingly on their most recent outings and shouldn’t be far away if progressing again.
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