Down in class Timarwa difficult to oppose

TIMARWA, now that she has her sights considerably lowered, is difficult to oppose in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park this evening.

John Oxx's three-year-old is dropped into this company, following two runs in Group 1's, and is much fancied to show her appreciation. A very impressive winner of a maiden at the Curragh, Timarwa then contested the Pretty Polly Stakes, back at headquarters.

Despite a marked reluctance to settle, she ran a fine race to finish fourth behind Peeping Fawn. The daughter of Daylami was then given her chance in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

That mile and a half almost certainly stretched her stamina to the limit, but she again emerged with credit to fill fourth behind Peeping Fawn and Epsom Oaks heroine, Light Shift.

Kevin Prendergast and Declan McDonogh have prospects of a treble, starting with the relatively experienced Alhabeeb in the opening Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden.

He is the obvious form choice, on his thirds to Luz De La Luna at Naas and New Approach at the Curragh, and it will probably take a useful newcomer to beat him.

Celtic Dane, representing the Prendergast-McDonogh team, is the one to beat in the Kilkenny Racing Festival 5th/6th October Handicap. Improving rapidly, this will only be his fifth run. Nothing went right for the Danetime gelding at the Galway Festival, but he was noted finishing powerfully when fifth to Incline.

Red Moloney is a third Prendergast-McDonogh possibility in the McEnery Cup Handicap. The Sahm gelding clearly has it all to do off top weight, having gone up 12lbs for winning by five lengths at Naas, but could prove equal to the task.

Mojito Royale is napped in the State Street Ireland Maiden. Eoin Doyle's charge ran easily his best race when touched off by Princely Hero at Galway.

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