COMMANDINGPRESENCE was working well for trainer Henry de Bromhead before making his rules debut at Punchestown and ran out a very impressive winner with the form recently enhanced. The third was second next time out at Gowran Park, with the fourth horse Robbinia wining a maiden hurdle for Willie Mullins when returning to the Kildare venue at the backend of last month.
Joseph O’Brien was concerned about the soft ground for Slige Dala despite winning at Listowel and he looks the obvious danger, but de Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore can take this Listed novice hurdle with Commandingpresence who might be a horse to follow for the entire season.
Preamble will be a popular selection for both Aidan O’Brien and Colin Keane following a nice maiden success at Fairyhouse over 6 furlongs just 10 days ago under Seamie Heffernan. However, AUNTY BRIDY gets the verdict for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning following several good runs this year, which included a maiden success on debut over 7 furlongs at the Curragh in June.
She wasn’t disgraced when running sixth behind Shale in the Moyglare and finished second more recently in the Weld Park Stakes, with the extra furlong looking a positive this Sunday.
This looks a nice opportunity for the MY SISTER SARAH to return to winning ways after several placed efforts this season, including a second-placed finish to stablemate Great White Shark in a handicap hurdle at Galway in July. She’s officially the best rated runner here (141).
Despite finding several rivals too good in recent months, the introduction of cheekpieces could provide the winning touch for the Mullins team in this mares Listed hurdle. Her recent second to The Storyteller also reads well, and remember Willie Mullins and Paul Townend have an excellent record here – winning the last two renewals of this contest.
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ORDER OF AUSTRALIA has peaked at the backend of the season for Aidan O’Brien following excellent form behind Tiger Moth, Santiago and Mishriff earlier this year, which reads extremely well. He deserved to get his head in front at both Dundalk and the Curragh last month and can land the hat-trick this Sunday afternoon under Padraig Beggy in a race the Ballydoyle team has won five times in the previous seven- easons.
Sonnyboylisten (now rated 112) looks the main danger following his remarkable rise from success off 68 at Gowran Park in June to victory here four weeks ago off 99, while Up Helly Aa, Fiscal Rules, Sky Seven and Etneya will all be chasing for places.
A good renewal for the Paddy Power sponsored Irish Cesarewitch with €75,000 euro in prize money and a field which includes last year’s winner, Royal Illusion for trainer Willie Mullins. RUN FOR MARY is one of the two well-backed runners in the race, with the Charles Byrnes trained mare finishing a wonderful second to Princess Zoe in a qualified riders handicap at Galway.
That form is rock solid with Tony Mullins’ mare winning the Listed Oyster Stakes at Galway and claiming Group 1 glory in the Prix du Cadran in Paris last weekend. An official rating of 84 looks good enough to secure victory here, with jockey Sam Ewing also taking off his 7lb allowance in a race won six times in a past 10 years by horses carrying less than 9st.
The lightly raced Cape Gentleman was the other fancied horse this week for trainer Emmet Mullins and the four-year-old is now having his second Irish start on Sunday. He managed one victory for former trainer Nicolas Clement in France before finishing second to Mt Leinster on his Irish debut at Listowel just over two weeks ago.
Another excellent runner on Sunday for Charles Byrnes with DOCTOR DUFFY having a serious chance of landing the feature Munster National at Limerick with Davy Russell in the saddle. The seven-year-old can reverse the form with Moyhenna from Listowel having stayed on nicely close home following a very consistent season, which included back-to-back wins at Kilbeggan and Ballinrobe.
Byrnes and Russell teamed-up with success in this race with Shanpallas in 2014, who had a similar profile to Doctor Duffy. This looks one of the best bets of the day.
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