Rely on Lord Admiral

LORD ADMIRAL is fancied to score over ten furlongs for the first time in the Group Three Meld Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

Of course one harbours minor doubts about his ability to see out the trip, but with Kieren Fallon on board and against this opposition there is every chance of him doing so.

The five-year-old has been given a nice break since finding seven furlongs an inadequate journey when going under to An Tadh on this track in the middle of June.

Prior to that, also at Leopardstown, where he is at his best, the selection was beaten a neck and half a length by two really smart performers in Mustameet and Chelsea Rose.

Heliostatic, the only three-year-old in the field, is the danger. He ran a cracking race in the Irish Derby, only fading in the closing stages when seventh behind Dylan Thomas. Dropping down two furlongs in trip is clearly to his advantage.

Absolutelyfabulous, a real rags-to-riches story, can complete a double for Fallon in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Sweet Mimosa Fillies Stakes.

She took a handicap at Naas off a lowly 66 and went up a whopping 14lbs for scoring by three parts of a length. That appeared to be an over-reaction by the handicapper.

Nothing, however, could have been further from the truth. The daughter of Mozart returned to Naas to land another handicap, this time by six lengths.

She looked potentially Listed class on that occasion and the handicapper agreed, this time raising her by a further 21lbs. Absolutelyfabulous could be anything and gets the nod.

The Korean Racing Association Tyros Stakes should be hugely informative, bringing together some very decent juveniles.

The one to beat may be Jim Bolger’s once-raced Teofilio, who battled powerfully to beat the Ballydoyle hot-pot, Red Rock Canyon, at the Curragh.

The Danehill Dancer newcomer, Aleagueoftheirown, will be worth a second glance in the Group Two Robert H Griffin Debutante Stakes, but the vote falls on Kevin Prendergast’s Dimenticata.

Her form was ordinary until looking much improved when scooting to a four lengths success at Leopardstown ten days ago.

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