15:45 Galway Thu 1 August 2019
In tremendous form all season, winning a Listed race at Naas and a Group 3 at Fairyhouse among other rock-solid efforts. Has a class edge and a good draw here, and hard to beat despite conceding weight all round.
Flopped at Royal Ascot last time, but finished in front of Surrounding when runner-up in a 7f Listed race at Leopardstown in June, and entitled to respect if getting back to that level in first-time cheekpieces.
Visored when making the frame in handicaps around this trip at Gowran and Limerick in April, but below that form since, and not up to this exalted standard, as she showed at Killarney last time.
Won handicap at Gowran and minor contest at Fairyhouse in June, but has struggled in tougher races since, and needs to find further improvement to be competitive at Pattern level.
Behind stablemate Wisdom Mind at Musselburgh in May, but has improved since, and beaten little more than 1L in Listed races at Carlisle and Naas on last two starts at this trip. May have more to offer, and one to bear in mind.
Not discredited in a couple of runs in Listed company last year, and probably needed the run when well held in handicap company on her return to action. Will do better, but has something to find.
Has been keeping better company, with four of her last five starts coming in Group 3 company. Could do better now eased in class, although worth noting she made no impact when tried in a handicap in May.
Best effort this season when 2L fourth to Surrounding in G3 Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse last time. Needs to prove that doesn't flatter her, and earlier efforts are less compelling.
Has done well at a lower level, winning a 1m Naas maiden and twice second in small-field minor events, Needs to improve markedly, but yet to face a big-field scenario, and that could be the catalyst for further progress.
Improved to win a 7½f Tipperary maiden last time, and could yet do better, but ratings suggest she has a mountain to climb now raised in class.
7f maiden winner who improved again for a close sixth in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh in May. May have found the race coming too soon last time, and fact she's been aimed at this meeting since is always a good sign from her shrewd trainer.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Yulong Gold Fairy||3||9-1||13/8||Full Result|
|T: D K WeldJ: S Foley|
Surrounding (2/1), Cava (7/2), Titanium Sky (6/1), Hand On Heart (8/1), Fire Fly (8/1), Rionach (8/1), Kaftan (10/1), Wisdom Mind (10/1), Black Magic Woman (14/1), I Remember You (14/1), Chocolate Music (25/1), Memyselfandmoi (25/1), Thiswaycadeaux (50/1)
- Hand On Heart
- Titanium Sky
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