You don’t know what you are up against in here but he looks to have shaped well on his debut at Dundalk earlier in the month. His pedigree tells you he will need a fair bit further down the line but hopefully he will have come forward from his first run and be competitive.
I rode her in the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial last time, and she ran well. She was hassled the whole race there, which wasn’t ideal – maybe we will be a bit more patient with her here – and her pedigree gives you every hope that this 1m2f trip will see her progress. And that would make her competitive here. This doesn’t look the strongest of races, either.
She clearly hasn’t run to the level of a few of these just yet, but the potential is there. She ran a fair race in the Rockfel after winning on her debut, but she stepped up a good deal when winning a Group 3 at Naas in good style earlier in the month, travelling well and then toughing it out. She obviously has a fantastic pedigree and the step up to a mile will suit her, and it wouldn’t surprise me if she bustled up the form horses here on her debut for Johnny [Murtagh], for all that she needs to improve 10lb for so. Happily is the deserved favourite but she isn’t unbeatable and there is no real stand-out filly here. I think it’s a pretty open race, in fact.
He was runner-up in a Group 3 here last season and then changed hands for a fair amount and won on his debut for the stable at Dundalk on his final start. He obviously had the form to win that maiden easily, and he did, and he looks a decent prospect. I give him a pretty good chance.
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