Neither Awtaad nor The Gurkha havE enjoyed much success so far at stud.
This could be a welcome boost, with SISTER ROSETTA and Himalayan Beauty both interesting, though the latter’s stablemate Malaysian is also noteworthy at likely odds.
SONG OF PEACE is a tentative choice here on debut, with some interesting newcomers taking their chance – including Cosmic Vega, who was behind a potential star in a barrier trial.
Roca Roma might be able to bounce back after being highly tried and underwhelming the last twice, but preference is for ZOFAR ZOGOOD.
She warmed up for this with a cracking course run and looks ready to strike.
With Darkened and Mulzamm in the race, Denis Hogan holds a strong hand here at the top of the handicap, while the very consistent and in-form Ya Ya Baby looks sure to go close.
Soft ground performers such as Cracking Name and Hisnameis Mrdevitt should run well. It might be worth chancing the unexposed ACED IT, who’s staying-on fourth to Royal Canford at Galway was encouraging and soft ground should not be a problem.
Party Season, an unraced million dollar son of American Pharoah adds plenty of interest to this.
However, some of those with form look quite strong, including Astadash who is of interest back a furlong in trip.
The one to beat though looks to be FINANS BAY, progressive with racing and his good second in a mile Curragh maiden last time reads very well in the context of this race.
A poor contest and one very much at the mercy of ESTEPONA SUN. None of his rivals make very much appeal at all, perhaps Baltinglass Hill can chase him home.
A competitive heat to round out the day. The improving Lord Park is close to winning one of these and Shona Mea comes here in fine form over a new trip.
However, the one to beat could well be LAYFAYETTE (NAP), whose liking for soft ground is well established and he showed at Galway last time that he is not far from winning a handicap.
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