Cuis Ghaire gets the vote, despite the fact she is the only penalised runner in the contest and has to meet her main rival at level weights.
Jim Bolger’s daughter of Galileo is, however, a hugely exciting talent and is unbeaten in three races. She scored twice at Naas, as a prelude to contesting the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. The selection went off at 8-11, after being the medium of some decent wagers.
In truth, Cuis Ghaire never seemed particularly happy on the watered ground, but buckled down well in the closing stages to score going away by a length and three parts. She has impressed on each occasion with her attitude, the successes coming over six furlongs, but is bred to stay much further and will be even more effective stepping up to seven.
Rip Van Winkle is a dangerous opponent. He was beaten a short head by Cuis Ghaire’s stable companion, Tomas An Tsioda, first time up at the Curragh last month, but justifiably got the contest in the stewards’ room. Reportedly highly regarded, he can be expected to come on a bundle for his initial experience.
Once-raced Dermot Weld-trained Intimate Secret is the nap choice in the Tattersalls Ireland EBF Fillies Maiden.
A daughter of that cracking stallion, Invincible Spirit, Intimate Secret made a solid start when fourth to Marina Of Venice at the Curragh.
She gave the impression then there was a lot more to come and a favourable draw in two should be a big help.
Mustameet, a creditable third to Plan and Regime at the Curragh, gets the nod in the Meld Stakes, a tricky race, even if there are only four runners.
At Limerick tonight, Haka Dancer, who recovered from a bad mistake at the sixth when a remote third to Carpenter at Tipperary, can land the Coors Lite Hurdle.