Alhaban faces Tyros test

ALHABAN could go in search of a first Pattern-race success in Thursday’s Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown – ground permitting.

Kevin Prendergast’s charge came within a short head of a valuable victory in the Railway Stakes last time, only to find himself trumped on the line by Mastercraftsman.

He could now bid to go one place better in next week’s Group Three if the ground is suitable.

“He wants an easy surface so we will have to see what the ground is like,” Prendergast said.

“He ran a good race last time. He just got chinned by one of Aidan O’Brien’s, but it was an improvement on his maiden run and hopefully that will continue.

“He likes a bit of cut and if the ground is too fast, we will probably wait until a little bit later in the year with him.”

Should Alhaban not line up, Prendergast still has the choice of Excellent Girl and Vilasol in the seven-furlong heat, although the former runs tomorrow.

“Excellent Girl runs tomorrow so we’ll see how she comes out of that, but Vilasol will run if the ground is good,” he added.

Cuis Ghaire, an impressive winner at Royal Ascot and current favourite for next year’s Stan James 1000 Guineas, is also among the entries.

Jim Bolger’s filly is unbeaten in three outings having also won her maiden and a Naas Group Three.

O’Brien has the choice of Drumbeat, Grand Ducal, Rip Van Winkle, Sea Of Marmara and Set Sail, while Karl Burke’s Lord Shanakill is a possible British raider.

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