MATCHLESS cannot be opposed here in what looks a pretty winnable maiden. That said, he might be reliant on Moktaffy not being out of the ordinary.
FOREIGN LEGION‘s winning has been done on the all-weather but his time might be nigh on turf. He gets a nice weights pull for his fourth to Ask Delaney on latest.
Tricky stuff, with the progressive Hell Left Loose holding every chance of bagging his fourth win from his last five starts. SHEER BRAVADO is unexposed in terms of miles on the clock and on this quicker ground, and the way he finished his race out when third at Gowran suggests he could go very close here off a 2lb lower mark. Sunset Nova and Count Of Carabass are also noted, while Oasis Law is another possibility.
It will be strange if AGITARE does not win this, given his mark of 97. Dark Pine looks next best.
Real Appeal and BIG BABY BULL ran contrasting races at Leopardstown, with the former running a big race from the front, and our selection sitting out the back from a bad draw early, before powering home to be a solid fourth. From a better trap here, he can turn the tables and add to his Curragh win. The seventh home Zarzyni also caught the eye that day and is feared but Rocket Science could be a bigger danger.
DALVEY is not without a chance here, coming off a little break and having run well in a higher-class race last time. Keats and Njord, the only non-three-year-old in the race, also come into it.
The O’Brien family have a strong hand to play here with Aidan, Joseph and Donnacha all fielding leading challengers. Magnanimous looks the classiest of the lot at this stage but the concession of 11lb (including jockey’s claim) to SNOWY OWL will be no easy task and the latter is put forward in the hope he can take another step up from his recent Killarney win. San Martino was impressive on heavy ground recently and is clearly going the right way.
The draw could have worked out better for Aunt Bee, but she can be expected to have a good crack at it here on handicap debut for a top team. BEST ON STAGE shaped well for a long way in the Ulster Oaks over an extended ten furlongs, and eased in trip here after travelling sweetly until close home that day, could well be a move that reaps dividends on what is only her third start for the stable. Stormy Belle and Drumquina are also feared.
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