Side with Shutruk

DAVID WACHMAN’S horses are motoring well and his Shutruk-Nahhunte is napped to land the Tote Ireland 75th Anniversary Auction Race at Galway this afternoon.

The Danehill Dancer colt created a favourable impression when getting off the mark at the third attempt in a seven furlongs maiden here in July.

Settled in second, he led before the straight and ran on well to score comfortably.

He looks the type who will progress further and should appreciate stepping up an extra furlong.

Icy Ridge reads the danger. The Orpen colt quickened up impressively to land a Gowran Park maiden last month and is also likely to progress.

Davenport Milenium, without a win since racking up a brace of Grade 1 victories over hurdles, including the Emo Oil Champion Hurdle, at the 2002 Punchestown Festival, can end the barren spell by landing the Galway City Vintners Novice Chase.

The nine-year-old has some smart place form in this sphere, notably finishing third in a Grade 2 novice chase at Punchestown in April, and warmed up for this with a creditable fourth on the Flat at the recent Tralee Festival.

Kalabar looks the part in the Polypearl-Total Insulation Maiden Hurdle. A Group 2 winner on the Flat in France, the Kahyasi gelding was having only his second run over flights when third behind Keelaghan and Dan The Liberator at Tramore last month. The runner-up boosted the form when scoring at Downpatrick and Kalabar has plenty of scope for improvement.

Kevin Prendergast’s Akarem, who ran as well as could have been expected at the weights when fourth behind yesterday’s Curragh winner Chelsea Rose in a Listed race at Leopardstown last month, looks the best option in the Ardilaun House Hotel Oyster Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s Chenchikova, a full sister to dual Derby and Breeders Cup Turf hero High Chaparral, can go in first time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

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