Alamshar burst an abscess in his near-hind leg earlier in the week but galloped yesterday morning and was okay afterwards.
The son of Key Of Luck will do some more work this morning with his trainer, John Oxx, reporting he is 90% certain to run. If the joint favourite for the Epsom Derby does show up then, obviously, punters will have to think seriously about supporting him.
A fit and well Alamshar should have the legs on Brian Boru. Oxx’s charge has an outing under his belt, second to Balestrini in the Ballysax Stakes on this track, and is also in receipt of 5lbs from his principal rival.
Brian Boru has reportedly gone the right way since failing to impress in an after-racing spin with The Great Gatsby at Leopardstown. Alamshar gets the vote, but this is a contest for educational purposes rather than financial investment!
Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced Handel should be hard to beat in the Carrickmines Maiden.
The son of Sadler’s Wells looked to be crying out for a mile and a half when staying on strongly to finish a close fourth behind Cruzspiel over ten furlongs at Leopardstown.
Another once-raced colt, Dermot Weld’s Multazem, is the choice in the Amethyst Stakes. He made a very big impression when winning a maiden at the Curragh last month and can make this step up in class.
Fairyhouse this afternoon is moderate, but the opening Cherry Blossom Maiden is an interesting little contest.
It brings together two potentially smart colts in Aidan O’Brien’s Newton and Kevin Prendergast’s Clock Tower.
The form horse is Clock Tower. He was beaten half a length by Colossus at the Curragh and the third, fourth and fifth respectively, Miss Childrey, Steel Light and Alex Goldrun, have all won in the meantime.
Preference, however, is for Newton. He could never quite get to grips with de Tiger at Tipperary, going down by half a length, but stepping up another furlong now looks very much in his favour.
Tough Chic, a promising second behind Snippets at the Curragh first time up, but subsequently bogged down in soft ground at Naas, can land the EBF Fillies Maiden.
The Grenville Construction ‘Chase at Killarney tomorrow has attracted two former Irish Grand National winners in Davids Lad and Commanche Court.
Davids Lad ran a blinder in this year’s Irish National, humping 12-0 into fourth spot behind Timbera, but whether two and a half miles round here will be his cup of tea remains to be seen. The vote goes to Commanche Court, not disgraced at either Cheltenham (Gold Cup ) or Aintree, who warmed up for this with a run over flights at Punchestown last week.
Black Church Lad, who stuck to his task at Punchestown when runner-up behind Crimson Flower, gets the nap to go one better in the Killarney Grand Hotel Handicap Hurdle.
King’s Opera second to Stashedway in his first handicap at Cork, should give us a big run in the featured Murphy’s Irish Stout Hurdle.