The key piece of form in this race would appear to be URBAN STEP‘s third to subsequent Molecomb winner Steel Bull at Naas last month and given that Johnny Murtagh’s gelding looked particularly green in the middle part of his debut, he should improve a fair chunk for that outing.
Giselles Thunder looked a little unlucky not to make a winning debut and she can go well again here.
Brazil is sure to be popular with a good chance he will improve from his debut, but there’s a slight concern that this shorter trip will catch him out and it might be worth taking a chance on his stablemate ETERNAL FLAME.
He’s a full brother to dual 1,000 Guineas heroine Winter and there’s enough speed on his dam’s side of the pedigree to suggest he will be effective at this trip.
Not many of these have shown enough to suggest they can win a maiden, and on that basis the consistent PIRATE LASS must have solid claims having finished close up behind two nice prospects last time.
Zephron might give the selection most to think about if he can take a step forward for this longer trip.
A tricky race and Aztec Parade might be able to dominate this field from the front, but he’s going to find this much tougher than his latest assignment and it might be worth siding with REAL FORCE (NAP) who is already proven at this level.
He’s unexposed at this trip and looks potentially hard to beat in receipt of weight from the aforementioned rival.
A wide open race, but KODIAC PRINCE has fewer miles on the clock than most of his rivals and he proved a promising handicap debut was no fluke when winning in good style at Gowran Park last time out.
He’s been pushed up 11lb for that success but shapes like this slightly longer trip should suit and he’s going the right way at present. Madaket Mystery has been running well in defeat and can give another good account here.
Perhaps SILVER FOX wants even farther but this looks an opening he ought not spurn, with Danger Money behind him at Down Royal.
The main danger might be Watchmen, a well-backed and quite promising third at Killarney.
WHAT WONDERS WEAVE, representing a yard in form and under Aine O’Connor should have a great chance now. She is getting weight off Place Des Vosges and Sharp Focus, both obvious contenders.
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