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16:40 – ORINOCO RIVER
Donnacha O’Brien can take the opening five-furlong fillies maiden at Tipperary on Wednesday with ORINOCO RIVER with Gavin Ryan once again in the saddle. The trainer and jockey teamed up with Emporio to win the closing maiden on Sunday at the Irish Derby Festival and can secure another quickfire winner. The daughter of War Front went off favourite when only beaten a neck by Yet in a Dundalk maiden in May, before finishing eighth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot to Quick Suzy.
It was a creditable performance considering her low draw and run in the middle part of the track when the first three home were all drawn high and dominated the finish from the stand-side. She’s been given a good opportunity to strike here after a two-week break and will hopefully see off main dangers Sangria for Joseph O’Brien and Johnny Murtagh’s Ladies Church. Elsewhere, Pearl Palinka races on debut for Dermot Weld with Upbeat another notable newcomer for Jessica Harrington.
17:15 – SACRED BRIDGE (NAP)
Ger Lyons is enjoying an excellent month with plenty of juvenile winners and his team can secure success in the listed Tipperary Stakes with SACRED BRIDGE. The Juddmonte owned daughter of Bated Breath returns quickly after winning her maiden in impressive fashion at Naas last Wednesday. She always travelled beautifully in mid-division before Colin Keane made his move late on to beat the twice raced Agartha.
Beauty Inspire and Atomic Jones were other juvenile winners for the Glenburnie team over the past week with both winning on debut at the Irish Derby Festival. Amalfi Coast, down the field in the Windsor Castle and Harmony Rose, also out the back in the Queen Mary return from Royal Ascot for Aidan O’Brien and Ken Condon. Elsewhere, Cherry Bloom should run a nice race and improve from what was a nice winning performance at Down Royal for Willie McCreery earlier this month.
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18:45 – MARITIME WINGS
The Glenvale Stud race, a conditions event for the juveniles is another small field on the card. MARITIME WINGS was a surprising but good winner on debut at Leopardstown for Joseph O’Brien earlier this month and could improve further to remain unbeaten for new owners, Team Valor. The son of Gleneagles recently changed hands privately having won as the outsider of five in the colours of Thoroughbred Racing in Foxrock.
Johne Murphy’s operation are progressing nicely having also managed success with Relaxed Artist at Leopardstown this month. Celtic Times is one of the main dangers with Jim Bolger’s runner also seeing off Moony Beams in a Leopardstown maiden back in May, before finishing fourth in the Marble Hill at the Curragh. It’ll Do My Day finished last in that Group 3 at HQ but had previously beaten Castle Star at Cork earlier this season for Mick Mulvany.
19:15 – GOING IN STYLE (NB)
It’s always worth noting when Noel Meade books Colin Keane with the pair enjoying a fine strike-rate together for many a season which hit the headlines with Helvic Dream at the Curragh last month. The champion jockey takes the ride on GOING IN STYLE in this handicap for the first time having improved to finish seventh at Leopardstown in mid-April. The son of Dream Ahead wears cheekpieces for the first time and races off 4lbs lower (60) when not disgraced in Foxrock.
The three-year-old will appreciate the extra distance having made nice headway under Tom Madden when only beaten an eye-catching three lengths behind Larando when having little room to progress further up the inside rail at Leopardstown. Elsewhere, Clew Bay, Krypton Gold and Bealach Nua could improve and run well on their handicap debuts with Dixon Line another who might compete for Kevin Prendergast.