Low in numbers but potentially high in quality. Snowy Owl has outstanding claims on Galway second and his experience will stand to him, but REKERO is a newcomer of immediate interest coming from a family stacked full of talent.
Aidan O’Brien is doubly represented, and his challengers will be no pushovers.
I Know I Can retains maiden status on the back of a disqualification and he should have plenty to say, although he was shade soft at Dundalk in the interim and the newcomer APRICOT ROSE won’t need to be a world-beater to bag this one on debut.
Her trainer has rattled off numerous winners of late and won this in 2016 and 2017. Born To Rule has a nice draw and could be the pick of the remainder.
Colin Keane teams up with Myrcella for only the second time and with her recent form looking solid, she holds solid looking claims. However, preference is for the first-time blinkered CAP D’ANTIBES (NAP).
The latter caught the eye at Leopardstown and her stable won this race twice in the last three years. Kristall Eye and Plugged In are others to take on board.
It is a few years since a three-year-old won this, but CHIRICAHUA could well be the one to bridge the gap.
Considered good enough to have a crack at the Irish Derby, he was on a different level to the opposition when winning his maiden over an extended 1m 4f at Down Royal recently, and he looks destined to land many a nice pot along the way.
Zenon is feared on his Galway run, as is last year’s third Golden Spear and Sharp Focus on stable debut.
Today’s trip could be a happy medium for CANFORD LIGHT. A shade slowly away before staying on well into fifth spot over 10 furlongs at Cork on Sunday, he has obviously come out of the race well and he won’t need to step up a lot to be bang there in this one.
Celtic Crown was far from disgraced at Galway and looks a big threat, along with Lampetia and Pikaia.
With her page, it was no shock to see LUGNAQUILLA run so well on debut, and she can go three better. Zero Turn takes the eye in seemingly a smart maiden.
BARBADOS and Keats stand out here, with the selection weighed to win in what should be an intriguing tactical battle, Seamus Heffernan perhaps inclined to make it tactical on the potential leader.
On the chance that he gets in, KING CHRISTOPHE makes plenty of appeal here. He’s weighed to win again. Day Dreamin’ is respected but perhaps a bigger danger is Vita Veritas.
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