14:40 Naas Sun 19 May 2019
97-rated handicapper last season for Archie Watson winning one of his 12 starts. Stepped up considerably on his stable debut when a career-best Listed second over 5.5f at Navan. These conditions suit further and rates a leading player.
Proving progressive in a couple of AW handicaps at Dundalk over the winter and not disgraced in a valuable Meydan handicap back in January. Yet to race on ground faster than good but looks the type to improve again this campaign.
Progressive type early last year culminating in a fine success in the Royal Hunt Cup. Looked well up to this level but struggled in a Group 3 and a valuable handicap on return at Meydan in January. The one to beat if bouncing back.
Last win came in 2017 in a 6f Listed contest on soft ground. Not disgraced in a Group 3 two starts back over this C&D but his other three runs haven't suggested he's about to end that run. Would prefer a softer surface.
Ended 2018 in terrific form and gained breakthrough Listed success at Dundalk in October. Shaped much better for a run when third in Listed Heritage Stakes over a mile and not inconvenienced by drop in trip. Should be involved again.
Has enjoyed a busy year with nine starts already and enjoying a fine run of progressive form in handicaps winning three of her last four. Would prefer some juice in the ground and a step up to this class requires big improvement.
Bounced back to form with a career-best third in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes when switching to front-running tactics and dropped to this trip. Headed late there and she handles this quicker ground. Likely to make a bold bid and prove hard to pass.
Sole win came in a Curragh maiden but proving consistent for this yard and returned with an improved second to Annie Fior at Gowran Park. Should be better for the run but on the ratings a step up to this level requires big progress.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Brother Bear||3||9-0||5/2||Full Result|
|T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: C O'Donoghue|
King's Field (3/1), Rionach (3/1), Chessman (7/2), Surrounding (5/1), Settle For Bay (7/1), Texas Rock (20/1), Annie Fior (20/1), Wisdom Mind (25/1)
- Settle For Bay
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