Anania on course to finally cash in on potential

There’s a decent card this evening at Down Royal, where Anania can earn reward for three very good efforts by taking the opening maiden, over five furlongs.

The selection made her debut over course and distance, and ran a really eye-catching race when finishing third behind Independence Day and subsequent winner Reckless Endeavour.

She didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs when beaten favourite at Fairyhouse next time out and, on her most recent outing, was only reeled-in in the dying strides by the potentially very useful Dolce Strega. On that most recent outing, the filly looked a winner when hitting the front and, despite being caught late, pulled clear of the remainder.

On today’s expected quicker ground, from a favourable draw, and with experience of the track, she can pop out of stalls, take the rails pitch early, and use her is position to kick off the bend. The daughter of Kalinisi, who must get her speed from her dam’s side, can fend off the likely challenges of Go Kart and Kotonic.

Encrypted Message can take the Ulster Cesarewitch for trainer Tony Martin, and jockey Fran Berry. The six-year-old ran a fine race to finish fourth behind Ivanovich Gorbatov recently at Leopardstown, and should have conditions to suit this evening.

The two-and-a-quarter-mile trip is a specialist distance, but, if anything, should prompt improvement in the selection, as he looked to be staying on strongly over two miles last time.

It’s more than three years since he last earned a visit to the winner’s enclosure, which encourages caution, but he’s still quite lightly raced since his switch to his current stable, and has slipped down the handicap to a mark off which he should be very competitive. A big run looks assured. Grecian Tiger heads the list of dangers, though he, too, is proving difficult to win with.

Kabaw showed enough on debut to suggest she has the winning of race two, which is an auction maiden over seven furlongs. The Ken Condon-trained filly was given a nice introduction and responded well to late pressure to finish a close fourth behind Moral High Ground at Navan last weekend.

Though this race comes hot on the heels of that effort, the daughter of Elusive Pimpernel can be expected to take a step forward, and looks one to side with.

The conditions of the race would appear to favour the experienced Zeb’s Fantasy, who has been a shade disappointing since a very promising debut at Limerick. From a stable among the winners at Galway on Wednesday, her experience should ensure she’s heavily involved, and she is feared most, while Remarkable Lady is also respected, following a very promising debut at Roscommon.


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