April looks a good battler and napped to come good

YOU cannot imagine too many patrons making the effort to get to Gowran Park tonight, given that four of the seven races are essentially impossible to solve handicaps, three of them particularly low grade.

Dermot Weld’s April is a hopeful nap choice to land one of the non handicaps, the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden. She is bred to be a more than useful sort, by Rock Of Gibralatar out of Agnetha, and still has plenty of time to get her act together.

The selection reappeared at Naas, appropriately in April, but was light enough in the market. She looked the most likely winner for most of the straight, however, but was eventually grabbed in the final stride and beaten a short head by Vaticano.

The bare form is undoubtedly ordinary, but at least the filly battled well and is entitled to come on for the run.

Samba School is rated 6lbs better than April, but didn't appear to go through with her effort when going under to another Weld inmate, Moving Heart, at Limerick.

John Oxx’s once-raced Karkari then may emerge as the main danger. He did make a promising start on this track when third to Handsome Batchelor and Viceroy Of India.

It was a little disconcerting to note him carrying his head high in the closing stages, although that may simply have been down to a lack of experience!

Kevin Prendergast's Celtic Dane gets the vote to win the Gowran Park Rooftop Restaurant Race.

He was beaten a length and a quarter and two lengths into third behind Kargali and Three Rocks in a Listed event at Leopardstown and now has his sights lowered somewhat.

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