A terrific renewal of this Group 3. The likes of Snowfall shouldn’t be underestimated, Meala was terrifically impressive at Galway, and Curragh maiden A Ma Chere should be capable of significantly better. The two against the field though are Oodnadatta, whose impressive maiden win here could not have worked out better, but she might not be able to hold off PRETTY GORGEOUS who showed an impressive turn of foot from the front to win a Bellewstown maiden that has worked out okay. It would be surprising if there was not significant improvement to come from her.
A fascinating contest. One key piece of form is the maiden here last month where Masen held off Charterhouse with Van Gogh a weakening fourth. There might not be a lot between the first two named once again and it would be no surprise if there was not enough improvement from the latter to turn the tables. However, CADILLAC (nap) looked a real prospect when running away from subsequent winner Ebeko in an auction maiden here last month and is selected to go in again.
A lot of the fancied ones here seem to be very badly drawn, Galway runner-up Take My Hand and Myrcella principal among them. In contrast, Tai Sing Yeh has the plum draw but is a hold up horse and may need more luck in running than can be hoped for. Galway third Dance Emperor is another that comes into it, but preference is for CAESAR’S COMET from a decent draw. A C&D winner from Swiss Army Officer last month, he ran well over 6f at the Curragh last month and will appreciate coming back up in trip.
Course winner Amma Grace has been running well in Group 3 company around here this year and first-time headgear could see her take another step forward. However, THUNDERING NIGHTS took her form to a new level when runner-up in a competitive Curragh handicap on her return and with a good chance she can come on for that first run in 264 days, she shades the vote.
The Melbourne Cup might be the ultimate aim for PONDUS but he toughed it out well in Listed class at Roscommon last time on ground that might not have been ideal for him and he ought to progress for a yard that do well with this sort of acquisition. Sea The Lion has some useful form to his name and probably needed the run when a promising fourth on his reappearance while last time out course winner Nickajack Cave is another to consider having posted a career best last time.
Day Dreamin’ caught the eye when staying on well for fourth at Killarney last time and she could be popular with the in-form Gavin Ryan taking the ride but preference is for KING CHRISTOPHE. The eight-year-old may not have won for more than two years but he ran with credit over a trip short of his best at Galway last week and any rain would boost his chance. The reserves Getaway Queen and Arcland are both worth considering if they get a run.
Plenty of these hold a chance but it might be worth opting for SWEET AFFECTION who is less exposed than most and she posted a big career best when runner-up here last time out. Final Endeavour was only caught late here last time and can go well again but the main danger to the selection could be Full Moon Magic if she manages to back up her career best effort from last time out.
The form of the maiden won by SHANROE is working out well and with a workable opening Flat mark and a step up in trip likely to suit, he holds solid claims with less exposed profile than many of these. Allora Yeats has to be of interest if taking up this engagement after a fine run at Galway last week.
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