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Despite a slight doubt about this drop to 5 furlongs MY EYES ADORE YOU looks the one beat following a bright introduction over 6 furlongs at Cork. Neo Soul looks best of the others with form. Giovanni Bellini has a low-key pedigree by the standards of the stable and may be best watched on debut.
Barud might have the rating, but he is becoming vulnerable at this stage. Of the rest of the horses with form, Brown Eagle is interesting with Billy Lee remaining loyal. However, this could go to a newcomer, and it’s anyone’s guess as to which will be the most forward to do themselves justice.
PARIS LIGHTS is a brother to St Mark’s Basilica and rates the most interesting on pedigree while Cougar, Sir Antonio, Bringbackmemories and even New Energy are all interesting on debut.
SUNSET SHIRAZ has the form and the rating to break her maiden and what a race this would be to do it in. Her effort in finishing third in the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes would entitle her to go close and she could be the one to beat. The Niarchos pair of Albula and Cigmia are respected, while Hello You would be interesting if pulling out quickly after winning at Newmarket on Friday.
A strong chance that Joseph O’Brien could supply the one-two with the 101-rated RULING hard to get away from. Rollet might follow him home.
Having fared best of the Irish contingent when third in the St Leger, THE MEDITERRANEAN can confirm form with Fernando Vichi and is just preferred to Search For A Song, whose bid for an Irish St Leger hat-trick fell short of expectations – possibly not helped by her lack of a prep-run. Barrington Court took second in this race last year, but may find a few too good this time.
Siobhan Rutledge’s claim is an asset in a race like this, and she is a significant booking by Donnacha O’Brien for last Monday’s Fairyhouse winner MOON DAISY. Last year’s winner El Tren is interesting off the same mark, and Line Out, winner of a 2m Tramore maiden, is one of several dual-purpose handicappers possibly capable of getting involved here.
RIOT (NAP) looked like he could make up into a nice sprinter when third over 6 furlongs at Dundalk on debut for Johnny Murtagh and, after posting a solid display over 7 furlongs last time, he looks worth a try over the minimum.
Strong Johnson deserves to carry top weight while Jon Riggens, who didn’t perform to market expectation on handicap debut in the Bold Lad, is worth another shot. Arnhem ran a big one in the Bold Lad and should be involved. Elsewhere That’s Mad has been earmarked for this race all season and might sneak a place.
This could hinge on a three-way renewal of Cork rivalry. Runner-up DICKOCHEA may just better of head winner Viareggio and third-placed Nectarine in the rematch. Gabby’s Girl would feature if finding the form that yielded a Leopardstown second on the fourth of her seven outings.
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