20:10 Leopardstown Fri 17 May 2019
Modest dual-purpose performer but has been in good form on the AW at Dundalk since joining this trainer, including January success over 1m2½f from 5lb lower mark. May be asking plenty after short break to give weight all round.
Was a winner at Killarney last September over 1m but since then has not looked close to scoring and record is now 1-20. Must bounce back strongly to stand a chance in a competitive heat.
Raven's Pass filly is 1-17 having scored over a mile at Bellewstown (good to firm; 4-1) last summer off a mark of 65. Coming to the boil in three runs this term and can go well here if decent ground prevails.
Quick ground around here has suited in the past but 4-44 career record isn't inspiring and ½L over 7f at this track last summer is flanked by plenty poor efforts. Also C&D form last year. Money often arrives when a good run is anticipated.
Motivator filly that has run well over this trip on the AW at Dundalk on several occasions but needs to improve on overall turf form.
Both career wins (2-15) have been at Dundalk on the AW, including when justifying favouritism in February for low-grade contest over a mile. Less promising there a fortnight ago; capable if in the mood.
Exposed, won a Dundalk maiden over a mile in February when last spotted, not the most obvious type to follow back on turf however.
Has been disappointing in all four of his starts in 2019. Was second at Dundalk last year so is capable. All the signs this season though suggest he may need more help off the handicapper to score and now starting to get it.
Won at Dundalk in March and placed there on six other occasions already in 2019. Much better turf run at Cork a week ago over this trip, finishing well in third despite being short of room when it matter. Considered.
Not beaten all that far at Naas over this trip last time, his second run of the season. Found wanting late on and, from the same mark, may have a similar fate in store now over trip that seemingly stretches his stamina.
3-36 strike rate is paltry, threatened last summer on turf (including over C&D) but ultimately couldn't complete the job. On a fair mark back on turf but others have more striking claims for now.
Filly found only one too strong on handicap bow at Thurles (1m, good to firm; 8-1) in October and perhaps failed to stay further at Dundalk in one further start. One to pay attention to on seasonal bow having eased a pound.
Won a Killarney apprentice handicap over this trip last summer (rated 52). In and out tale afterwards on turf/AW and entitled to come on for this reappearance.
Nicely-bred filly, ran well in Thurles contest where Dromana was second in the autumn (fifth), and scored on the AW afterwards. Capable of competing form current perch and first-time cheekpieces could eke out some more on return to action.
Tipperary winner over 7f a year ago but hasn't been able to build on that and handicapper has remained on control as a consequence. Poor on recent comeback at that track.
New Approach filly, showed promise in three maiden runs but didn't translate to any progress on handicap bow at Gowran Park (7f, yielding to soft; 9-1) this month. May prefer forecast better ground and liable to improve in that scenario.
Ran his best race last season first time out and was kept busy afterwards but still a maiden on turf despite placed efforts, including 2¼L third of 16 on reappearance over C&D (soft) last month. Low rating appeals.
By Fastnet Rock out of an Invincible Spirit mare. Half-sister to 2m winner Newellen. Needs to improve on last month's handicap debut at Gowran (7f, yielding to soft; 25-1) when tailed off in first-time tongue tie (retained).
Vale of York filly is a half-sister to 6f winner Inishmot Duchess. Didn't make much of an impression in first four starts but much more likely at Gowran Park (1m, yielding) last time when only beaten 2L in fourth of 16. Could well have more to come.
By Lilbourne Lad, a half-sister to a 1m winner out of a maiden dam. Minor ability shown in three starts to date culminating in a fourth of eight at Naas over 5f. Looks the sort to be better suited by handicapping and takes big step up in distance.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R BrabazonJ: J A Heffernan|
Mulzamm (8/1), Dance Alone (8/1), Coreczka (8/1), Passing Trade (9/1), Dromana (9/1), Stranagone (11/1), Footsteps At Dawn (11/1), Treble Cone (12/1), Closer Now (14/1), Danehill Quest (16/1), Masalai (16/1), Asanda (16/1), Spanish Soprano (16/1), Queluz (20/1), Edification (20/1), High Altitude (20/1), Korbous (20/1), Lady Savanah (20/1), Isle Of Shadows (20/1), Never Rains (20/1), Gizi Gazelle (25/1), Fascinating Spirit (33/1)
- Lady Savanah
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