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Ballydoyle juveniles are well able to show large chunks of improvement from their first outings and THE ACROPOLIS might be able to find enough to reverse the form of his Curragh debut with Thunder Eclipse, who is now heading into his third outing. Glengarra should progress from this introduction, but makes plenty of appeal on paper so should be watched closely in the market.
Not many of these count. There should not be a lot between Even Flow and Provocateuse as they set the standard, but it might be worth taking a chance with YOUNG ANGEL. She had Provocateuse behind her on debut at Navan and could be much better suited going left-handed here than at Sligo last time.
A seriously open contest in which ALLEZ BARZA gets the nod, representing a team among the winners at Leopardstown earlier this week. He isn’t likely to meet the same quality of horse as those who finished in front of him last time at Naas.
Windsor Pass has the potential to improve from an opening mark of 73, while we likely haven’t seen the very best of the unexposed Ones Are Wild yet. Tall Story is an obvious player on the basis of his Roscommon run.
A competitive handicap made especially interesting by the presence of two potentially well-treated Willie Mullins representatives with different profiles. However, the Pat Flynn-trained JAKE PETER (NAP) has come down to a mark off which he can be a major force and this trip shouldn’t be problematic for him if he’s operating at close to the top of his game. Brazos is a likely improver from his Curragh return.
Irish 2,000 Guineas fifth EMPORIO looks extremely unlikely to spurn this opportunity. Metaphorical looks easily the next best, while Hillcrest Avenue is the one to watch.
Plenty here with chances of one sort or another. Consistent horses that are still maidens are represented here, with Sideshow Bob possibly the best of them. Fugacious is unlikely to be far away, especially if the ease in the ground remains.
But, a tentative vote goes to top-weight MARY SALOME, who ran a cracker in a big-field 6-furlong handicap at the Curragh on Wednesday and is probably as effective over this trip.
This could be the least appealing of the two divisions. First-time blinkers are interesting on Slieve Barnagh, while recent winner Crystal Pool could still be improving.
But, it might be worth giving another chance to PRAYING MANTIS, who seemed to win with a little in hand at Gowran Park. Meanwhile, a line can be put through her most recent effort at Cork.
The move to bring SALDIER back to the Flat could prove a wise one by the Willie Mullins camp and the classy hurdler is worth taking a chance on here, given he’s not short of pace. Mythical is clearly the one to beat if running to his mark, but it’s no certainty that he will on his first start after a break.
The progressive Me Too Please needs real respecting, while Brogue hasn’t had things fall right for him in recent seasons, but is a capable operator when putting it all together.
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