15:40 Navan Sat 13 July 2019
Slow to start on debut at Bellewstown last weekend and made only modest ground before fading near the finish. Needs to step on that by quite some way.
Made the frame three times last year but is yet to justify his $1,450,000 price tag as a foal. Was eased when his chance had gone last time and dropped 6lb since. Might do better when back in handicaps. Officially sets the standard here.
Three starts have produced little to write home about so far but he's nicely bred and could still have an impact somewhere along the time. Never raced over this trip before though.
Poor form posted in all four starts up to press (three at this course) and was too bad to be true when he faded to finish last in his latest assignment. Plenty to prove now.
Not finished in front of many rivals in two outings and not hard to overlook given his tame effort at The Curragh when last seen (in May).
Raced once as a juvenile for Andre Fabre in France but shown promise in two starts for her current yard this term. Wasn't beaten far over C&D latest and not much to find to be in the thick of the action again.
A consistent gelding who has more experience than most. However, he's now 0-10 on turf (0-12) in total and could be running out of friends if his fortunes don't change. Gets on well with Andrew Slattery so might be worth one more throw of the dice.
An Invincible Spirit colt out of a Sadler's Wells mare, he cost €55,000 as a yearling and is a brother to Group-placed Shagah, as well as Porth Swtan, who won at 7f and 1m2f; yard going well so merits a betting check.
Cost 70,000 gns as a yearling and is a sister to 5f-6f winner Riskit For A Biscuit; there are plenty of other winners that are closely related but a 5f trip would be on the sharp side for a few. The betting can help here.
Well held in all four starts so far and plenty to find with Sunset Nova judging by their encounter at Bellewestown last weekend.
A stoutly bred filly whose dam won over 1m3f on the Fibresand and Polytrack for David O'Meara; makes limited appeal in being introduced over the minimum distance.
Taken time to get the hang of things but ran with the promise of more to come when third at Tipperary nine days ago; the drop in trip has to be a concern now.
A half-sister to modest handicapper Pixie Spirit who proved to be effective over this trip; her dam was placed in Listed company as a youngster, so some appeal on pedigree. Interesting that a 5lb claimer is booked for her racecourse debut.
Not shown much in either of her previous starts and hard to recommend her as a filly to follow after she was well beaten at Naas last month.
A modest effort on debut was backed up by an even worse display when she weakened to finish last at Dundalk when she was last seen in action (in January). Another who is probably best just watched.
Some promise last time out but still has form to reverse with Sun Sign and has improvement to find. She did meet trouble in running that time, so might be dangerous to underestimate. Needs a betting check.
Shown some promise since her seasonal debut and been kept very busy with seven starts since April; holds solid place claims on the pick of those efforts but was a disappointing favourite here last time out and needs to banish that memory quickly.
Poor form shown when with Jo Hughes and was much the same on debut for her current yard last time out. Others are far more appealing.
Last Year's Winner
|7||Fire Opal||3||9-0||4/1||Full Result|
|T: A P O'BrienJ: M C Hussey|
Sunset Nova (7/2), Sun Sign (5/1), Captainofthebounty (6/1), Miacomet (7/1), Lon Dubh (7/1), Dee Sprinter (9/1), Designation (10/1), Ban Og (16/1), Wild Mustang (20/1), Dream Angle (20/1), Dear Dilly (25/1), Buzz Killington (33/1), Selaron Steps (66/1), Countess Matilda (66/1), Emma's Girl (66/1), Eunoia (66/1), Quintana Roo (66/1), Grufalo (80/1)
- Sunset Nova
- Sun Sign
- Lon Dubh
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