Maharaja can rule Leopardstown
Man On The Spot previews all of the action from Leopardstown on Guineas Trials day.
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Dermot Weld won this last year and with his horses in such good form his newcomer Kaleefa, a daughter of Sinndar, has to be considered. Ceisteach made her debut in a Listed contest then started favourite for a Navan maiden but could only stay on at one pace. She should do better this campaign though Namurian Sunset finished a couple of lengths in front of her at Navan and, as that was her debut, she should have benefited from the experience. Ode To Psyche improved with each run and was staying on strongly at the finish over a mile at the Curragh while Kevin Prendergast was on the scoreboard at the Curragh last week so Got To Dream, who started favourite when a close third at Limerick in June, will attract attention. John Oxx has won this three times in four years and the 800,000 euros filly She's Mine, who is related to several classic performers, is entered in the Oaks at the Curragh and Epsom. She'll have come on for her opening run and has to be of interest. Aidan O'Brien had four in at the entry stage and relies on MEANDERING and Ruby Tuesday with Joseph on the former if he gets back from Meydan on time. His mount is a half-sister to the useful pair Up and Dutch Art and can make a winning start.
Aidan O'Brien had six of the original entries and Adjusted and Tigris River represent the yard. Both are sons of Montjeu and looked in need of the experience and a longer trip on their debuts so should do much better this season. Kevin Prendergast has won this three times in recent years so the newcomer Maskoon should be noted in the betting as he'll be suited by the trip. John Oxx had a terrible 2013 so will want to be up and running this time and there are big expectations about MARAKOUSH, who is in the 2000 Guineas and both Derbys. He's related to several high-class performers and out of a top-class mare and showed plenty on his debut at the Curragh in October. Austere Approach is related to several winners and is worth a look on his debut while Fascinating Rock didn't do much wrong in very testing ground here in October.
This hasn't proved much of a classic trial in recent years though Dermot Weld has won it twice with the classy pair Grey Swallow and Famous Name. He runs Go For Goal this time and he has a fitness advantage having carried a big weight with distinction in a handicap at the Curragh last week. Ebanoran is out of an Irish Oaks winner so did well to score over 7f on his debut at the Curragh in October. Shining Emerald is undoubtedly the pick of those who have run having completed a double then finished a close third to the Ballydoyle pair Craftsman and Michaelmas in a Group 3 here in October. The latter's yard is represented by Buonarroti, a very easy maiden winner at Tipperary before attempting to make all in the Racing Post Trophy, and INDIAN MAHARAJA, who was put away for the season after completing a double in a Listed race at Tipperary. The latter is an exciting prospect and looks the one to be on.
This has been a good race for Ballydoyle in recent years with five of the past 10 winners and they have three entered this time. Joseph is on board Bracelet and she looks the pick of the trio having scored on ground with some give over the course and distance. The Galileo filly Marvellous is out of a Cherry Hinton winner and looked a nice prospect at Navan in October. Avenue Gabriel made a successful debut in June and was then placed twice at Group level before landing a Listed race at the Curragh. She didn't enjoy the fast ground in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and today's conditions should suit her better. BALANSIYA made her debut in an ordinary maiden here in November and turned it into a procession. She enjoyed the soft conditions and, though likely to be even better when the going dries out, she should be good enough. Harry's Princess made her debut on Polytrack at Dundalk in November and was impressive enough though she'll need much more here as will Remember You, though she could put her experience to good use in these conditions.
SAILORS WARN is much better known as a useful hurdler these days and arrives in top form having beaten Thousand Stars on this track a month ago. He'll think he's been let loose with this weight and looks the one to beat. Footprint and Indian Landing were separated by half-a-length at Galway in the summer and there's nothing between them again though the latter has a slight fitness advantage after a couple of runs at Dundalk. Hes Our Music has never won on Turf but has gone close on several occasions and was in good form on Polytrack when last seen in November. The heavier the ground the better for Vasoni, who has won four times on going with plenty of give and looks nicely treated.
INDIAN ICON's only victory to date came on fast ground at Roscommon but he's been in very good form over hurdles on testing going and should prove better than his rating of 81 suggests. He's handed the vote though there are plenty of threats including the lightly-raced Manhattan Swing, who ended the last campaign with a narrow defeat at Navan. To Choose looks reasonably treated and has been in action over hurdles while Waydownsouth's last success was on very heavy going at Tramore last January. Windsor Queen could provide the main threat as her victories on the level and over hurdles have both been on heavy going.
TEOCHT didn't run as a two-year-old and took some time to warm up last season but ended with a double and, as she is just 3lb higher, can make a successful return. Marchese Marconi is no stable star but likes the ground and trip and can reverse last season's Limerick form with Fleur De Nuit on favourable terms. Hurricane Ridge was in good form over hurdles when last seen in October and is well enough treated to make his presence felt while Cullentry Royal will be fit enough having had a recent run at Down Royal, though the going could be a problem.