Kevin Prendergast’s progressive four-year-old is at his best with plenty of cut in the ground and, hopefully, will have conditions to suit.
Successful in four of his six outings last season, the son of Sahm wasn’t without his supporters when taking on Yeats at Navan towards the end of April.
He performed solidly, indeed heading to the final furlong looked the most likely winner. Yeats battled back, though, and, in the end, was three parts of a length too good. This is easier for Red Moloney, granted a surface which isn’t too quick.
Johnny Murtagh, at the top of his game right now, could win the opening two contests on Kitchi and Egypt.
Kitchi should go close in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden, having taken fourth behind Cuis Ghaire on her debut at Naas two weeks ago.
That’s a contest which has been working out well with Heart Shaped (third) and Silver Shoon (second) finishing first and second respectively in a Listed event at the Curragh on Saturday.
Egypt, also once-raced, can provide the solution to the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden. He started on this track a week ago, when a moderate fourth behind hot-pot, Heart Of Fire.
We know how much improvement Aidan O’Brien’s inmates often find from one run to the next and, on that basis, gets the vote.
O’Brien’s Giant Among Men is probably the form horse in the Irishtown maiden, on his close fourth to Mutqan at Gowran Park.
Timari, three places and over five lengths further back is, however, napped to leapfrog past Giant Among Men.
He certainly caught the eye then and is bred to be a champion, by Dalakhani out of the brilliant Timarida.