Aidan O’Brien and Dermot Weld have dominated this seven-furlong fillies’ maiden over the past decade with seven-winners between them in the last 10 years. EYLARA for the Rosewell team gets the verdict this year after an encouraging debut second at Gowran Park behind Talacre last month.
The form of that race has been boosted with both Allagar and Cartouche winning since, which suggests this well-bred daughter of Gleneagles will have enough to see off Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer, Glinting.
HOROSCOPE really caught the eye with a staying on fourth place finish on debut at the Curragh recently and gets the vote to see off Sword Zorro in this seven furlong maiden. Clueless out the back early at HQ, the son of No Nay Never learned plenty when the penny finally dropped to finish just three-lengths behind stable-mate Khartoum.
Some nice horses, including Awtaad and Cliffs Of Moher are previous winners of this race and hopefully this juvenile can progress and have enough to see off Sword Zorro, who has some good form in the book this season for Jessica Harrington.
Jim Bolger has an excellent recent record in the Eyrefield Stakes, winning four of the last six renewals, but his Flying Visit might have to settle for second place at best behind CARLISE BAY this year.
Friendless on debut in the betting market at Tipperary, the son of Galileo ran out an impressive winner having reared in the stalls before the start under Mick Hussey. He could develop into a real nice middle-distance type next season and visually looks very much like his sire. Another bold front running display under new jockey Seamie Heffernan could see him out-power these rivals and remain unbeaten this season.
AMMA GRACE can hopefully give the Rosewell team another winner in Foxrock on Saturday with Dermot Weld winning five of the previous 10 renewals of this listed, Trigo Stakes. It looks a good contest this year, with Helvic Dream in the mix for Noel Meade and Colin Keane and three-time course winner, Flight Risk also among the field for Jim Bolger.
Amma Grace broke her maiden here last October and has raced consistently this season with nice second place finishes behind Thundering Nights and Cayenne Pepper. She was bred in the purple by Moyglare Stud, by Galileo out of Polished Gem and she’ll appreciate the soft ground and go very close on Saturday afternoon.
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