This looks like an ideal opportunity for COULTHARD to get off the mark. He’s shown more ability than any of these rivals and, while he was a beaten favourite on all-weather last time out, the return to testing ground on turf should suit. Yulong De Legend shaped with promise on debut and Hongkong Harmony is probably the most interesting of the newcomers.
Ken Condon’s COLFER KAY has been a little unlucky to bump into some nice prospects in recent starts and she can gain compensation following her career best effort last time out. Zara Mac finished behind the selection on debut last time and is another to consider with progress likely. Golden Lyric is a well-bred filly who shaped nicely on debut.
Wood Ranger would appear to be on a workable mark for handicap debut and he ought to relish this step up in trip, but preference is for DREAMS DELIVERED. He’s one of two in the race for Darren Bunyan who does well with his sprinters and this gelding probably didn’t quite see out the 7 furlongs at Dundalk last time.
This is a drop in class for SNAPRAETEREA (NAP) who has been holding his own at Group 2 level of late and he will probably be hard to beat back over 7 furlongs here with his preferred conditions. Stablemate and top-weight Vafortino could be the main danger if he can settle a little better than he did in Listed class at Tipperary last time, though conceding 6lb to the selection won’t be easy.
This can go to ETNEYA. She travelled like the winner most of the way in a Group 3 at Gowran Park last time, and this shorter trip is exactly what the doctor ordered. She’s unexposed, progressive and should cope fine with conditions.
There is plenty to like about her. There was also plenty to like about Insinuendo’s maiden with and she could be anything. Soul Search is likely to be last off the bridle, but this trip could stretch her stamina.
Joseph O’Brien plundered a nice prize at Bath earlier this week with a four-year-old filly bought from France and he can do likewise here with MIGHTY BLUE. She is fancied to reverse Curragh form with Barrington Court over this shorter trip. Ennistymon hasn’t really progressed since her fine Oaks effort, so it’s no real surprise to see Seamie Heffernan on Elizabethofaragon.
Dance Jupiter is interesting now upped in trip, having had little luck in running of late, but in a competitive handicap slight preference is for Killarney winner SIMPLY TRUE, proven over this trip and on the ground and ridden by a talented 7lb claimer. Maiden winners Ebony Maw and Blackpoint are both interesting entering handicaps, the former especially so.
Na Caith Tobac has made giant strides of late, but his hat-trick attempt could be foiled by SCHOLASTIC. The selection has been in rude health of late, running out an emphatic winner of a Punchestown maiden hurdle last month, either side of which she chased home some smart sorts. A Flat mark of 70 looks attractive in a handicap like this and she gets the vote to score under 7lb claimer, Mikey Sheehy.
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