Make it Midas

THE promising Midas Touch should be hard to beat in the TRI Equestrian Maiden at the Curragh this afternoon.

The Galileo colt made an excellent start at Gowran Park 16 days ago and, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is likely to come on plenty for the experience.

O’Brien supplied the winner of that Gowran contest in the potentially high-class Jan Vermeer, who beat John Oxx’s well-regarded Behtarini by a comfortable two and a half lengths.

Midas Touch ran on to be third, just half a length adrift of Behtarini and, unless totally unsuited by the likely testing conditions, can deliver.

A horse who won’t be worried by the surface, Pittoni, gets the vote in the Animalintex Maiden. It obviously hasn’t been plain sailing with the son of Peintre Celebre, who hasn’t been seen since going under by a short head to stable companion, Sunwise, at Leopardstown in June.

The ground was far too quick for him then, however, and the form received a timely boost when Sunwise scored at Dundalk on Friday night.

Willie McCreery’s Crystal Idea may have found her level in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

She was third to Totally Devoted at Killarney in August and that’s a race which has been working out quite nicely.

The opening TRI Fillies Maiden may be best left to to David Wachman’s Unity, who left the impression there was much better to come when ninth behind You’ll Be Mine at Leopardstown.

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