This is a lowly Listed race and Aidan O’Brien’s colt is in a different league to six rivals. He landed two Group 1’s in 2006 and they were performances right out of the top bracket.
In the Irish Derby at headquarters, Dylan Thomas produced a sparkling turn of foot to score by three and a half lengths. His best effort, however, was over ten furlongs at Leopardstown in the Baileys’ Irish Champion Stakes, when taking on the older brigade.
The son of Danehill showed tremendous battling qualities to beat brilliant mares, Ouija Board and Alexander Goldrun. This is a gentle introduction, before facing much sterner tests in the coming months.
O’Brien’s once-raced Peeping Fawn, another Danehill, gets the nap in the P G Duffy and Sons Citroen EBF Fillies Maiden.
She ran a nice sort of race at Navan 13 days ago when half a length and nine lengths third behind Ezima and In A Rush.
It took a long time for the penny to drop, but the selection was doing all her best work at the end and will be far more at home on a fast surface.
Mustameet, despite reservations about the seven furlongs being a trifle on the short side, gets the nod in the Group 3 Castlemartin and La Louviere Studs Gladness Stakes.
He proved a much improved colt last season, winning five times in nine outings from a mile to ten furlongs, and, hopefully, will hit top gear in time!
Dermot Weld’s promising Fleeting Shadow, who took his maiden at the Galway Festival, gets the vote in the Verglas Loughbrown Stakes.
He followed by stepping into Group 1 company, emerging with credit when fifth to Holy Roman Emperor in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp.
Macs Joy, who had to miss the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, is reportedly back on song and can enjoy a first ever success on the level in the Peter Byrne Kildare Race.
At Tramore tomorrow the dropped-in-class Corrieann will be difficult to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.
She produced easily her best effort to date when third behind Candy Girl and Massini Magic in a winners’ event at Limerick last time.