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BLUEGRASS could come on a ton from his debut here earlier this month when proving very green and is taken to open his account up in trip. Likewise there is more to come from Good Heavens, an eye-catcher at Gowran, while Enthrallment is one of a few interesting newcomers.
Aidan O’Brien has saddled two of the last three winners of this contest and LULLABY could be another for the Ballydoyle maestro. The fact that she is pitched in at this level (and holds entries in the Moyglare and Fillies’ Mile) on debut suggests that she’s held in high regard. Albula looked good on her introduction at Naas and is clear second choice ahead of She’s Trouble.
I SIYOU BABY boasts a highly progressive profile and, while this is a step up from the handicap, she landed cosily at Leopardstown 15 days ago. She’s worth a chance to find enough improvement to complete the four-timer. Champers Elysees is the class act who drops in grade, so she’s well worth a mention along with Shale – who looked back in form in the Pretty Polly Stakes here last time.
LADIES CHURCH was impressive when landing a Naas Listed event in a good time last month and, despite the step up in class, she might not need to improve to go in again. Sacred Bridge, looks the main threat as she bids to extend her unbeaten record to four. Meanwhile, Geocentric arrives with plenty of potential still intact.
LORD DUDLEY boasts a progressive profile and still looked fairly treated on the back of an 11lbs rise in the weights when faring best of those ridden prominently at Naas 25 days ago, so he remains of firm interest. Pretty Boy Floyd and Grammata head the dangers.
MUSIC TO MY EARS is interesting having come down to 4lbs lower than when second in a handicap here last year and she’s definitely in better form than she was able to show at Lingfield recently. Her stablemate Toshizou went into a few notebooks when fourth over course and distance earlier in the month and it’ll be a surprise if he isn’t involved at the finish. The returning Carrytheone is also respected.
Several to consider in this competitive nursery. NEW STAR tops the shortlist having finished with a flourish when fifth over 6 furlongs here a fortnight ago, leaving the distinct impression that the return to this trip would be in his favour. The hat-trick seeking Malayan should have more to offer, but Tut Tut is open to improvement, too, and is feared most on the back of her recent maiden success.
A decidedly trappy race to close the card with several arriving with claims, including PARKERS HILL. He’s shaped well on each of his three starts this term, beaten 2 lengths into third over shorter at Naas 37 days ago and he’s fancied to go well again back up at 7 furlongs. She’s In The Game, Fridtjof Nansen, Rugaday and Kharma head up the dangers.
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