Colour Sergeant would appear to set the standard on form, but stamina could be vital here given the forecast conditions and it might be worth taking a chance on BRAZIL who would have been unsuited to a drop in trip last time.
Flying Visit is another to consider, particularly after a promising effort on soft last time, but he will need to settle better than he has done on his first two starts if he’s going to win this.
There are plenty of nice prospects in this race, but MEALA sets a clear standard on form and she proved she’s up to this sort of level when fourth in a Group 2 here last time.
Nicest could be the main threat to the selection, having shaped like she would improve from her debut when winning at Leopardstown last month, though conditions will be different for her here.
She may have disappointed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but it’s too soon to write off ALBIGNA who ought to relish both cut in the ground and a sizable drop in class here.
Jessica Harrington’s filly was a Group 1 winner at Longchamp last year having previously won a Group 2 here earlier in the campaign and has been freshened up since we last saw her.
Aidan O’Brien’s pair have both got solid Group race form, with the less exposed Lovelier likely to the main danger.
A typically competitive running of this high-profile handicap. Last year’s winner Jassaar returns for another crack, but he might prefer quicker ground than what is likely here.
QUIZICAL might be the one to side with at a likely each-way sort of price. He was a creditable fourth on heavy ground in Listed company last time and his apprentice jockey has looked well worth his 7lb claim so far this season.
So Suave is respected, as are Njord, Saltonstall and Onlyhuman, all closely matched on their Galway form.
An intriguing affair in which both winners of last Sunday’s two-year-old feature events at Naas lock horns. Chief Little Hawk has been kept very busy and steps back up in class after apparently relishing stepping up to 6f last week, while this will be a better gauge of the promising Sweet Gardenia’s ability.
However, TERESA MENDOZA‘s longer preparation could stand her in good stead here and she rates a very bright prospect after her debut victory here. Her biggest challenge could yet come from Coill Avon, who is steadily improving.
Not many that can be ruled out of this, but a chance is taken on BLAIRMAYNE to gain his first win since landing this race last year.
Some potentially well-handicapped sorts are in opposition, including Mandolin Wind and Tresorier who both hinted at a return to form last time.
There should be more to come from OMAKASE (NAP), who came home well behind a talented winner at Leopardstown last week and will certainly handle an ease underfoot.
She gets the nod to open her account at the fourth attempt. Shambara is more talented than she showed last time and is feared, while Cursory Exam would be a major player if back to the form of his second start at this venue.
Don’t be surprised if Star Image ups her game as she tries nursery company for the first time.
Plenty in with chances but DRAGON OF MALTA gets the nod, having made the breakthrough at Killarney last week.
He won’t have any issue with conditions and could have more to offer after getting his head in front, while Intervention is a major threat off a workable mark.
Thriller and Ramiro make plenty of appeal if bringing their very best, while Tony The Gent will appreciate dropping in class.
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