16:35 Leopardstown Sun 12 May 2019
A €300,000 yearling, this Frankel colt caught the eye late on when fourth here and third at Navan (both over 1m2f), following on from a mile win at Dundalk in November. Progressing nicely and this trip should offer more. Leading contender.
Rock Of Gibraltar filly out of a Galileo mare. Shaped well on debut in a Thurles maiden and duly scored with a strong late finish at Clonmel on her reappearance. Should improve again up in trip and a clear hope.
140,000 gns yearling by Camelot has run to a consistent level in four starts so far and his two runs this season suggested that this step up in distance should bring progress. More needed now but quite possible he could be involved.
Solid in last three starts last year including a win in a 7f Gowran Park two-year-old handicap in October. Below that on reappearance and progress needed up in trip but has shaped as though it will suit.
32,000gns colt by Kingman who has not been disgraced at all in two starts over 1m2f this season (here and at Navan), however hasn't really been finishing off his races as though this further step up in distance is required.
€22,000 purchase from the first crop of Ruler Of The World. Promise on second start last year but next two runs, including on season debut, have been very disappointing. Best watched in first-time blinkers.
Built on a promising reappearance over 1m2f here to a post a clear career-best when breaking through for a first success over this trip at Dundalk. Showed a willing attitude and has more to offer at this trip. Leading player.
Australia colt, a seven-race maiden for leading connections but improved significantly for a keeping on and narrow third to Laura Bullion over this trip. Gets a 2lb pull for a half length defeat and likely to be involved again.
Lightly raced son of Acclamation who went for €110,000 as a yearling. Three decent runs from four for Karl Burke last season but tailed off on Irish and season debut at Navan. Questions to answer now.
New Approach filly, related to a Group 1 winner.May improve now up in distance for handicap and season debut but would need to from two moderate runs from three last year.Market may provide clues of expectations.
$50,000 yearling by Lemon Drop Kid has been well held in three quick starts last month and opening handicap mark doesn't appeal. Best watched in first-time cheekpieces.
Daughter of Helmet ran with some promise over 7f on fast ground on last year's debut but was increasingly disappointing in next two starts., including her reappearance. Hard to fancy on handicap debut.
Gelding by Mukhadram out of a Mukaddamah mare. Sent off at triple figure odds and well beaten in all three maidens and hard to make a case for on handicap debut.
Sir Percy colt out of an Aussie Rules mare. Yet to impress in four starts to date and doesn't seem to be moving in the right direction. Down 2lb and up in trip following handicap debut.
Colt by Morpheus out of a Spartacus mare. Needs to find significant improvement for this big step up in distance on handicap and season debut. Others look stronger candidates.
11,000gns son of Dunaden beat only one rival home in each of his starts last year and was no better when well held on reappearance at Naas. Another best watched on handicap debut.
Colt by Born To Sea out of a Galileo mare well held at very long odds in all three maidens so far and hard to see him finding the necessary improvement on handicap debut.
By Ruler Of The World out of a Danehill Dancer mare who will have disappointed connections in four poor runs to date, including on handicap debut and remains best watched.
Tough As Nails gelding remains a 10-race maiden but went close over a mile at Gowran Park this month. Remains on a competitive mark but the big step up in trip rates a query.
Seven-race maiden was unlucky when forced to switch at Wolverhampton in January and has been keeping seconds as she's moved up in trip twice since. Going the right way but more needed in this company up in distance again.
€11,000 Dream Ahead filly remains a nine-race maiden and isn't progressing while proving inconsistent to date. Likely others are going to prove better handicapped and more reliable again.
Last Year's Winner
King's Vow (9/2), Whitsunday Islands (11/2), Kastasa (13/2), Conor Hogan (15/2), Laura Bullion (9/1), Crimson King (11/1), Harvest Bow (12/1), Ideal Pal (12/1), Bellepower (16/1), National Identity (20/1), Sand Castle (25/1), Millford Sound (25/1), Soloheadbeg (25/1), Spelga (28/1), Pearl Warrior (33/1), But I Like It (33/1), Malbas (33/1), Swelltime (33/1), Hidden Spark (33/1), Bendzonic (33/1), Lemon Quartz (33/1), Lieutenant Silver (50/1), Magic Shuffle (50/1)
- Laura Bullion
- King's Vow
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