SONG OF PEACE ran a creditable third on heavy ground at Leopardstown nine days ago and should appreciate the drop in trip to land the opening 5.5 furlong maiden at Navan on Saturday.
The Aidan O’Brien juvenile broke well to lead in Foxrock before getting tired in the closing furlong to finish third behind the well fancied Cosmic Vega from the Jessica Harrington stable. It looked a good maiden on paper at Leopardstown with expected winners to follow in time and the son of Uncle Mo can dominate from the front to win under Seamie Heffernan.
The drop back in trip should also suit Tashgheel for Dermot Weld following a debut sixth placed finish behind Thunder Moon at the Curragh, while I Am Magnetic, Dixie Bluebell and even the exposed Tar Heel cannot be discounted. I Am Magnetic finished third on both career starts at the Curragh and Tipperary with Dixie Bluebell running a nice race on debut for Jim Bolger at HQ last weekend.
Tar Heel has been a puzzle for Joseph O’Brien after six career starts and was most recently second at Naas behind Sweet Gardenia just six-days ago.
NA BLIANTA BEO and Truth Prevails return quickly for their second battle in a week after racing at the Curragh last Saturday in a maiden won by the Eddie Lynam-trained Tough Diamond.
Both horses travelled forward and nicely and should appreciate the drop back to 5 furlongs here with the Bolger runner fancied to see off the McCreery enterant again today. Despite looking exposed after six career starts the daughter of Invincible Spirit is rated vastly superior to Truth Prevails in the ratings (88 to 74) and should have enough class and stamina to break her maiden at this level.
Praying Mantis is having her third run in seven days for Johnny Feane having finished way behind both Na Blianta Beo and Truth Prevails on debut last weekend. The daughter of Epaulette returned quickly to finish fourth at Cork on Tuesday and could surprisingly race again here Leigh Roche booked to replace Sean Davis in the saddle.
Soul Seeker, wearing the blinkers for the first time looks the main danger for Dermot Weld despite a break since last November – the Moyglare filly ran a good second at Naas in a maiden that has produced several winners already this season.
11 fillies are declared for an open one-mile maiden which includes some nicely bred newcomers and several with recent racecourse experience, including our tentative selection APRIL SHOWERS.
The Donnacha O’Brien-trained filly finished fourth on debut at the Curragh last month with Fermoy back in seventh place behind winner Snowfall from the Aidan O’Brien team. The Dermot Weld-trained Emaniya has come out to boost the form since and reversed the form with April Showers who finished back in second place in that Cork maiden three weeks ago.
She stayed on nicely that day and has ever chance of breaking her maiden here under talented young jockey Gavin Ryan who remains in the saddle again for trainer Donnacha O’Brien.
Fermoy for the Harrington team along with the John Jo Murphy-trained Connla and Jim Bolger’s Slan Tamall are open to improvement after one career start, while Rare Flower and Sense Of Style are also right in mix. Madonna, a sister to Maybe races on debut for Aidan O’Brien with Port Sunlight, a daughter of Harzand for Dermot Weld another interesting contender.
It’s an open race on paper and despite April Showers getting my tentative verdict here, the betting market with any notable movers might prove extremely beneficial.
The Listed Yeats Stakes looks a cracker and a very interesting affair on the Navan card with several of the eight declared runners in with a good chance on official ratings. The lightly-raced GALILEO CHROME gets the verdict to continue his improvement for Joseph O’Brien and jockey Shane Crosse following his impressive victory at Leopardstown last month.
You might recall the son of Galileo was taken out of the Irish Derby and slightly surprised connections by the manner of his victory in Foxrock, seeing off Masteroffoxhounds by 6 lengths.
The form of his maiden victory at the Curragh in June has worked out extremely well with several winners since, including Serpentine (fifth that day) winning the Epsom Derby for Aidan O’Brien. He’s the most interesting runner here stepping up in trip and grade, and connections will understand more about a possible Leger run either at Doncaster or the Curragh next month.
Stablemate Degraves steps back up in trip following his fourth to Armoy in the Royal Whip, while Donnacha O’Brien runs Emperor Of The Sun and father Aidan saddles Shoeshone Warrior. Elsewhere, former Ballydoyle stable jockey Johnny Murtagh runs his improving three-year-old Red Kelly with Shane Kelly once again in the saddle today.
The lightly-raced son of Manduro won a handicap at Leopardstown in early July off an official mark of 68 before claiming the Ulster Derby at Down Royal off a much-improved rating of 89.
He’s gone up another 10lbs in the ratings here, meanwhile Gold Maze for Jessica Harrington is another horse in the mix following his run away and easy maiden success at the Curragh just over two-weeks ago.
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