Argentero can book his ticket for Royal Ascot

Impressive on his debut over course and distance last month, Argentero will be expected to book his ticket to Royal Ascot by winning tonight’s Fishery Lane 2-Y-0 Race in Naas.

Trainer Ger Lyons won this event with subsequent Coventry Stakes runner-up Cappella Sansevero last year. And, in Argentero, he appears to have another contender for next month’s high-profile meeting.

Colin Keane extricated Argentero from a pocket at the furlong-pole on his debut and the son of Zoffany soon forged clear to beat Touch Of Frost by three and a quarter lengths.

The runner-up reopposes on 4lb. better terms, plus Donagh O’Connor’s 7lb. claim. But with plenty of improvement expected, Argentero should confirm the form and might have more to fear from Jim Bolger’s newcomer, the Godolphin-owned Round Two.

Bolger might land the featured, Group 3 Irish National Stud Blue Wind Stakes with potential Oaks candidate Pleascach. A daughter of Teofilo, this filly earned an official mark of 99 thanks to her maiden success at Leopardsown last July, her second and final start as a juvenile.

She ran a race full of promise on her seasonal debut at Navan last month, when beaten a length and a half by Bocca Baciata in the listed Salsabil Stakes, form boosted by the Cheshire Oaks success of the unlucky third Diamondsandrubies.

Expected to progress from that run, Pleascach gets the vote over Dermot Weld’s Zannda, runner-up to Jazzi Top in Newmarket last week, and older fillies Avenue Gabriel and Euphrasia, winner of this event in 2013.

Aidan O’Brien will be expected to land the Kill Maiden with Los Barbados, third to stable-companion Sandro Botticelli, when favourite, at the Curragh while The Happy Prince, foiled by Postulation at Dundalk, might defy top-weight in the valuable Woodlands 100 Club Handicap, a race which Ballydoyle won with Due Diligence last year.


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