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This is an ultra-competitive handicap as you would expect for the prize money on offer and the obvious place to start is the probable favourite trained by Ger Lyons. Power Under Me is a three-year-old who gets a weight for age allowance which helps, but he has also been highly tried and if we get some rain it won’t hurt his chances.
He must be a player, but GULLIVER represents the shrewd David O’Meara team. He has run well in big handicaps in the past. In fact, some of his best runs were in big fields and he is a player in this contest.
LOVE was disappointing in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York last month, but there is no getting away from her superiority and I believe she’ll be too good for these. Ryan Moore is in the saddle too, and that is always a plus.
I reckon it will be tough to beat Tim Easterby’s filly WINTER POWER. She has so much in her favour at this track. The other filly, Glass Slippers, has won this race in the past and if the rain comes, she will be the biggest danger.
This daughter of superstar sire Frankel looked really good when winning her maiden at Leopardstown beating Agartha, who has gone on to win her last two outings at Group level. I was also really taken by the performance of HOMELESS SONGS at Leopardstown because it was in a big field. She looked a filly with a very bright future and I’ll take her to claim this contest. Get Lyons’ filly Cairde Go Deo should be favourite and again has so much potential, so this race will define her.
POINT LONSDALE is the only horse to beat Reach For The Moon when winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. This son of Australia has looked very smart in two wins since and I’ll take him to enhance his reputation in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
SEARCH FOR A SONG is trying to win three Irish St Legers in-a-row and has to be respected. Her trainer Dermot Weld took it for four years in-a-row with the great Vinnie Roe with the first of those coming 20 years ago. It would raise the roof if Search For A Song did win this one. She has not run since disappointing in bad ground back in May, but that was over a trip way too short for her. Weld is a brilliant trainer and in Dermot I trust!
Sonnyboyliston could cap off a great few weeks for Johnny Murtagh and has to be feared here having won the Ebor Handicap. Fujaira Prince came here last year on the back of a win in that race, but got beat by Search For A Song.
ADJUVANT got beaten at Goodwood at the end of July, but the trainer Michael Bell has stuck some headgear on the colt and that may iron out the quirks. Having Oisin Murphy on board is no bad thing either.
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