Chaparral can defy top weight

PRINCE CHAPARRAL can defy top weight in the Madra Dog Foods Handicap at Tramore tonight.

Pat Flynn’s four-year-old appears to be rapidly on the upgrade and is the nap choice to add to his recent success at the Galway Festival.

At Galway, he came from off the pace to shoot nicely clear in the closing stages, beating Battleoftrafalgar by a length and three parts.

The handicapper has had his say, but Prince Chaparral is fancied to make light of a rise of 8lbs in the weights.

Another who has gone up 8lbs, Peter Casey’s My Blue Heaven, gets the vote in the two mile Handicap.

She showed substantial improvement when tackling this trip for the first time at Leopardstown nine day ago, powering clear in the straight to land what looked a competitive contest by three and a half lengths.

John Oxx’s O’Belle Ballerina is certainly no star, but looks good enough to win the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for fillies.

She was beaten a length and a quarter into second by the modest Don Leone at Killarney, but that still seems to give her an edge in this class.

At Dundalk tomorrow the down-in-class Highly Composed can land the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Auction Maiden.

The daughter of Oratorio emerged with credit when fourth behind Together, Laughing Lashes and Kissable in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time.

The form was given a big boost when Laughing Lashes went on to win the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh last Sunday.

David Wachman is struggling for winners, but Emerald Ring should do the business for him in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

She too is having her sights considerably lowered, after finishing fifth to Seeharn in a Listed event at the Curragh in June.

Luisant, with Joseph O’Brien taking a valuable 5lbs off, can take the Bar One Racing Handicap. A model of consistency, he again ran a cracker when three parts of a length runner-up behind Snaefell at the Curragh on his most recent appearance.

At Tramore tomorrow Chicago Grey, who battled well to beat Prince Erik at Galway, can provide the answer to the O’Sheas’ Hotel Chase.

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