Promising filly will benefit from this experience
13:30 – Agartha
Agartha is a filly by Caravaggio out of Arya Tara who was our first stakes winner after I took out my license five years ago. She shows plenty of ability at home, though I can see her being better at seven furlongs than six furlongs. She will improve on whatever she does and we’ll be hoping that she shapes with promise.
Likeable Snapraeterea leads exciting trio
14:05 – Snapraeterea, Vafortino and Max Mayhem
Snapraeterea gained a well-deserved Listed win in the Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas last weekend. He was really game there and is a very likeable horse. He loves testing ground and enjoys making the running. He is unproven over this longer trip, but I’m hopeful that he’ll stay.
Vafortino won twice last year and made an encouraging return to action at Gowran Park last time where the lack of a run just caught him out in the closing stages. He’s unproven over this trip, but he’s bred to get it and as long as he relaxes, he shouldn’t have any issue with it. He handles soft ground well.
Max Mayhem was impressive when making it third-time lucky in a winner’s race at Roscommon last time. He stays well, enjoys soft ground and is open to more improvement. He should be up to competing at this level.
Pretty Gorgeous can run a big one
15:15 – Pretty Gorgeous, Sense Of Style and Thinking Of You
Pretty Gorgeous is obviously one of our most exciting prospects for the season having won the Fillies Mile at Newmarket last season. She just wasn’t quite right prior to the 1000 Guineas, so we played it safe with her and didn’t run. Given how firm the ground was, missing it might have been a blessing in disguise. We know from last year that she handles soft ground well and we’ve been very happy with her in the last couple of weeks. She looks in great order now and will hopefully produce a big effort. Her juvenile form entitles her to be right in the mix, so hopefully she runs a big one.
Sense Of Style has been unlucky not to win a stakes race as of yet. She has shaped better than the result in both her starts this season and proved last year that she handles soft ground. She’ll probably be a big price, but it wouldn’t be a shock to me if she ran well.
Thinking Of You is another one that has a bit to find on the form book, but has shaped well in her two starts this season and handles soft ground. We’ll let her take her chance and see how she gets on.
15:50 – Dance Jupiter, Dancing Approach and Bright Idea
Dance Jupiter is a lovely horse that shaped with promise on his return to action at the Curragh a month ago. We’ve had this race in mind for him since and he’s one that will love the testing ground. He’s unexposed at this trip and I’d be hopeful that there will be more improvement to come from him.
Dancing Approach impressed us when making a winning start for us at Leopardstown last month, but was a little bit disappointing in a messy race back at that track last time. Dropping back to a mile-and-a-quarter shouldn’t be a problem and she won on soft ground when trained in England.
Bright Idea made a winning return from a long absence in a maiden at Killarney last time and, while he only won narrowly, I’m expecting him to improve from that run. This longer trip looks to be what he wants and his form with Champers Elysees from last year reads well. He looks to have a big chance.
Fame And Acclaim will be knocking on the door again
16:20 – Visualisation, Fame And Acclaim and Rocket Science
Visualisation has improved a fair bit on turf this season and ran well behind Khartoum at Naas last week. He might have more improvement in him and the ground conditions shouldn’t be a problem for him.
Fame And Acclaim deserves to win a big handicap and has been knocking on the door in them this season. He handles testing ground and should be on the premises again.
Rocket Science is a filly that joined us earlier this year and has been working well. She wasn’t far off getting black type last season and looks to be off a fair mark. She hasn’t run over as far as a mile before, but we think it will suit her.
Draconid aiming to run well again
16:55 – Draconid and Celestial Horizon
Draconid has run well in both his starts and shapes as though this longer trip will suit. This doesn’t look a strong maiden amongst those that have run, but there are a few well-connected newcomers that would be a danger to all if they are useful.
Celestial Horizon was well held on his debut and would be difficult to make a case for here.
Don’t rule out King’s Vow
17:30 – King’s Vow
King’s Vow has done most of his winning on the all-weather, but he handles testing ground and has run well in similar races to this off higher marks, so he wouldn’t be one to totally rule out.