Sunday, 26 August 2018


13:35 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden

Ger Lyons landed this prize 12 months ago and has two chances here, with Colin Keane's mount Inflection Point more attractive on breeding than stablemate Kinch. Michael Halford also fires a couple of arrows, with Jasikan possibly better than Playa Del Puente, but this could be all about the Aidan O'Brien-trained trio. Globe Theatre is out of the yard's Oaks winner Was, while Circus Maximus is out of dual Royal Ascot winner Duntle. Preferred ahead of those is FRESNO, who really fits the mould of a blue-blooded horse, being by super sire Galileo and out of six-time Group One heroine Moonlight Cloud.

Top Tip: FRESNO (6)
Watch out for: CIRCUS MAXIMUS (3)

14:05 - Gabriel Curran Memorial Maiden

Aidan O'Brien is a master at improving horses from their debuts, so LOST TREASURE is taken to defy a lengthy absence since his Naas introduction. He was unruly in the preliminaries that day and could be better with more experience on his side. Al Batal had been off the track for 20 months before returning with a good second two weeks ago and has claims, especially as he had Ajmera (third), Bonnie Park (10th) and Hot Stone (11th) behind that day. Mona Bell is another to note.

Watch out for: AL BATAL (1)

14:35 - Debutante Stakes (Fillies Group 2)

Aidan O'Brien has won six of the last nine runnings of this contest and can add to that imposing record with ZAGITOVA. The daughter of Galileo ran a cracker on her Newmarket debut and then showed improvement to trounce her rivals at Cork. This will be an acid test for her as she steps out of maiden company, but Ryan Moore has picked her ahead of promising stablemates Hermosa and Peach Tree. Viadera was only collared close home in the Anglesey Stakes and is likely to be improving still, while Skitter Scatter is more exposed than most but did win well at Leopardstown.

Top Tip: ZAGITOVA (10)
Watch out for: VIADERA (9)

15:05 - Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2)

Klute impressed when winning on debut, with a couple of reopposing rivals behind. He has not been seen since, though, unlike Guaranteed or ANTHONY VAN DYCK. Guaranteed was a good winner of a maiden here, but the selection has moved into a different gear altogether, blitzing his rivals in a Killarney maiden and doing a similar number on a Group 3 field at Leopardstown. He will be tough to beat, even if his future lies over longer trips. Christmas is a progressive sort who is far from a mere second string to the selection.

Watch out for: GUARANTEED (4)

15:40 - Manguard Plus Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3)

Some high-class competitors in this contest, not least Deauville, who has not been at his best in Group One company this term but has gone close in both attempts at this grade. Success Days and Beautiful Morning would be dangers to all if the heavens were to open, while Verbal Dexterity was impressive as a juvenile and is interesting on his belated seasonal reappearance. Preference, though, is for MING, who won a couple of lower-grade races in good style at Gowran and Navan before putting in a career-best effort when sixth in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington. Evidently still improving, he could prove too strong.

Top Tip: MING (6)
Watch out for: DEAUVILLE (2)

16:15 - Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Fillies Handicap

Jessica Harrington holds a strong hand here with Galway winner Rovetta and impressive Sligo scorer Echo Park, who could easily land the spoils for the local handler. Joseph O'Brien landed this last season and saddles a leading contender once again in the lightly-raced Galileo filly Julienne. However, preference is for the consistent DAWN HOOFER, a previous course and distance victor who was back to winning ways at Dundalk last time and appears certain to be on the premises once again.

Top Tip: DAWN HOOFER (3)
Watch out for: ECHO PARK (6)

16:50 - Tipperary Crystal 'Rose' Ladies Invitational Handicap

UNIVERSAL FOCUS is a model of consistency and is taken to build on his neck defeat over this trip at Tipperary last time and find the improvement needed to defy a 1lb rise. Miro was fourth behind the selection latest and could be tough to keep out of the frame off an unchanged mark. Others to consider are recent hurdles scorer Teqany and course winner Bobby Jean, who has been raised 5lb for scoring at Sligo when last sighted.

Watch out for: MIRO (3)

17:25 - Kildare Minor Ladies 'all Ireland Champions' Handicap (45-75)

Course and distance winner SHORE STEP is often seen at his best effect here and having already scored over the track and trip twice this season, he can land another off the same mark as when second last time. Flawlessly was beaten a nose on one of those occasions and shouldn't be far away once again having produced some consistently good performances this term, while Rattling Jewel has dropped to a mark 1lb lower than when scoring over course and distance last season, with Donnacha O'Brien now taking over in the saddle.

Top Tip: SHORE STEP (4)
Watch out for: FLAWLESSLY (6)

Credit: ATR
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