Progressive Danak can strike again

THE progressive John Oxx-trained Danak can land the Listed one-mile Platinum Stakes at Cork this afternoon.

The son of Pivotal was well touted before his debut at Gowran Park and didn't disappoint, beating the odds-on Striking a neck.

That was an ordinary contest, Striking was beaten again subsequently, but the selection made the step up in class at Fairyhouse next time with the minimum of fuss.

That was only a three-horse affair, but there was a lot to like about the smooth performance produced by Danak.

Taking on the 100-rated Taqseem, he toyed with him in the closing stages to scored unextended by four lengths.

Taqseem did his bit for the form at Galway last week when a creditable third behind Quinmaster in the Tote Mile Handicap.

Feature event is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes, which can go to top weight, Tropical Lady.

A mile and half is probably a bit further than Jim Bolger's admirable six-year-old wants to travel, but she should get it on this flat track.

Tropical Lady is certainly down in class, having finished a little over two lengths fourth behind her star stable companion, Alexander Goldrun, in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's juveniles have suffered a few setbacks of late, but perhaps Trinity College, a son of Giant's Causeway, can get the show back on track in the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden.

At Naas today, Laywaan, beaten a short head by Noplacelikehome at Gowran Park, can show her appreciation of an extra furlong in the Fillies Maiden.

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