Progressive Wathab set to follow-up

KEVIN Prendergast’s rapidly improving Wathab gets the nap to land the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Leopardstown tonight.

He showed plenty of promise on his first two outings, taking the runner-up spot behind Steel Light at the Curragh and Haydn at Tipperary.

Both off those races were over five furlongs and the colt produced plenty of improvement when stepping up another furlong on his latest appearance, back at the Curragh.

Wathab bounced away in front, maintaining a relentless gallop throughout to beat Mick Channon’s newcomer, Cedarberg, by three and a half lengths.

The form got a timely boost on Saturday when Cedarberg was narrowly beaten into second place in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom.

Rock Of Gibraltar’s full-brother, Great Pyramid, can cope with four useful rivals in the Group Three Eircom Ballycorus Stakes.

An ordinary enough juvenile, Great Pyramid indicated he is likely to be a far better three-year-old with a highly promising reappearance in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.

He tried to make all, sticking doggedly to his task in the closing stages to finish just over four lengths fifth of 16 behind Indian Haven. The son of Danehill will surely come on plenty for the run and should take plenty pegging back in the closing stages!

Jim Bolger’s Acciacatura looks the one to be on in the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Maiden.

She showed little, over the minimum trip, first time out behind Miss Childrey at Cork, but then relished six furlongs when two lengths second to Follow on this track. She goes up in distance again now and that can only work in her favour.

Michael Grassick’s horses are in fine shape and Golovin can prove another for him in the Foxrock Race.

The six-year-old doesn’t often win, but this appears a very suitable opportunity, following his creditable third to Queen’s Wharf in a Curragh handicap.

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