PAT KEANE: Time to wage War

TROJAN WAR, even if he is a typical Montjeu with a tendency to carry his head high, gets the nap to land the Her Majesty’s Plate at Down Royal this afternoon.

He performed with a lot of promise on his only outing as a juvenile, at Leopardstown, but then wasn’t seen again until reapearing at Galway 13 days ago.

The three-year-old was, at least rumour had it, said to to be in need of the outing and, as a consequence, went off an easy-to-back 9-4 shot, in a weak contest.

No one told Trojan War himself, however, and he bounded clear in the straight to score by two lengths, giving the impression there was plenty more to come.

Dermot Weld’s Directa King is a fascinating rival. He hasn’t been seen since scoring by 17 lengths at last year’s Galway Festival, going up no less than 26lbs for his audacity.

Tracey Collins, who has her charges in fine shape, can take the House Of Fraser EBF Maiden with Rock Jock.

He should enjoy this drop in class, having finished a creditable second behind Our Jonathan in a Listed event at Dundalk.

If Kilbeggan passes a 7.30am inspection then row in with Lucy Stone in the Bumper. She looked a mare with a future when third on her debut behind Milbig Lass at Punchestown in May, a race which has been working out reasonably well.

Tom Hogan’s Premier Victory can complete a four-timer in the Midland Breeders’ EBF Mares Hurdle.

She trounced Willie Mullins’ Apt Approach to the tune of 13 lengths at Ballinrobe last time and that gives the selection a big edge in this company.


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