The booking of Colin Keane for Khartoum takes the eye and the Ballydoyle colt will be expected to build on a promising debut run at Naas. However, this softer ground may not be ideal for the US-bred and preference is for COOPER’S HAWK, who would surely have gone a lot closer but for a nightmare passage at Naas last time.
Iowa didn’t convince with his attitude last time, but still rates a serious threat. Meanwhile, Sir Sedric ran a nice race at Dundalk on his debut and could feature if handling this different surface.
A very competitive handicap in which BECKWITH PLACE is taken to record a first win of the season after two cracking efforts here recently. Loads of dangers, including the likes of Lustown Baba, Silver Service and Miacomet.
Any drying in the ground would bring Blairmayne and Lil Grey into the equation. Rough Diamond is the unknown quantity.
High Heels has solid form in the book and won in the style of a highly progressive performer in a Cork maiden on her recent outing. However, CYCLADIC showed enough in fourth spot on debut (1.4 lengths behind High Heels) to suggest it should be a close call between the pair.
The softly-softly approach her connections have taken with her could well pay handsome dividends here. April Showers and Sense Of Style are also feared.
A typically open renewal. Run For Mary will probably head the market following her Galway second and rates a major player on ground she handles. However, better value may be had in KING’S VOW.
He was a strong-finisher at Killarney last time when handling the testing conditions and who has since changed hands. Other dangers include Golden Spear, last year’s winner Royal Illusion and the unexposed Cape Gentleman to name but a few.
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