Rely on Rome

MUCH interest at the Curragh this afternoon will centre on Aidan O’Brien’s Australian import, So You Think, in the Group 3 High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes.

Formerly trained by the legendary Bart Cummings and actually a son of High Chaparral, he was a brilliant horse in his native country. So You Think is the winner of five Group 1’s, and eight of his 12 races in all, and was last seen when finishing a creditable third in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in early November.

This is a gentle introduction to Ireland and it will be disappointing should he have any trouble dismissing modest opposition on the way to Royal Ascot.

The nap vote goes to David Wachman’s Imperial Rome, who steps into Listed company for the first time in the Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes.

He impressed when taking a handicap by five lengths on his seasonal debut at Dundalk. This obviously represents a far tougher assignment, but the selection can prove equal to the task.

Glor Na Mara has 8lbs in hand of Imperial Rome, but it is hard to know what to make of him at this stage.

The Starspangledbanner Athasi Stakes may be best left to Aidan O’Brien’s Look At Me. Successful in her maiden at the first time of asking at Fairyhouse, she followed by taking second behind Michael Stoute’s Havant in a Group 3 at Newmarket.

The John Oxx trained Dance Secretary, beaten a short head by Asheerah at Limerick, can redress the balance in the P.G Duffy and Sons Mazda Maiden. Asheerah went on to boost the form when runner-up behind Siren’s Song in a Listed event at Navan.

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