Exciting Damson looks the part

THE exciting Damson has to be the choice to take the Group One Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

The daughter of Entrepreneur is unbeaten in three races so far, producing a stunning performance on her latest appearance at Royal Ascot.

Fears that five furlongs on very fast ground would prove her undoing proved well wide of the mark, as Damson landed the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes.

She was badly drawn, but made light of that disadvantage, sweeping ahead inside the furlong pole to beat Soar by three lengths.

It was a display which had class marked all over it and the fact Soar went on to easily win a Group Three at Ascot subsequently was highly encouraging.

“We are very happy with her. We gave her a break after Ascot and she seems to be in good order,” said trainer David Wachman.

Damson will be meeting the colts for the first time and is one of only two fillies in the race, the other being Tony Mullins’ Billet. “It is a big challenge. If she is beaten, though, we can always go back to running against the fillies in the future,” said Wachman.

Damson is entered for the Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September, but Wachman would like to see how the filly fares tomorrow before committing to a future target.

“We will have to see but she’s won a Group Two already this year, so we will be looking at Group Ones for her. She’s in the Cheveley Park and the Moyglare, but we will have to see how it goes,” he said.

Aidan O’Brien’s Silk and Scarlet has to get the nap in the Robert H Griffin Debutante Stakes.

Runner-up on her debut at Leopardstown to one of her opponents now, Chelsea Rose, the selection made giant strides to return to Leopardstown and beat Alexander Icequeen a length and a half in a much better contest.

Tropical Lady, unbeaten in five races this season, can again do the business in the Royal Whip Stakes.

Michael Kinane takes over from the injured Kevin Manning and Tropical Lady, who possesses a real turn of foot, should relish stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time.

At Cork tomorrow, The Posh Paddy looks best in an interesting Millstreet Hurdle.

He won well at Galway, beating Laurel View a hard-earned half a length, despite some indifferent jumping. The Posh Paddy will surely learnt plenty from that and stepping up an extra half mile should be very much in his favour.

David Wachman’s rapidly improving Manjoe is difficult to oppose in the Tallow Novice ’Chase.

For one so relatively inexperienced, he ran a cracker to finish third to Ansar and Risk Accessor in the Galway Plate and this is a lot easier.

At Downpatrick this afternoon, Dermot Weld is fancied to strike with Pharaoh Prince in the Down District Maiden.

He’s no great shakes, but performed well enough at Galway, fifth to Rose Dudley in a handicap over an extended mile, which was on the short side for him.

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