A Word Apart can land tricky contest

A WORD APART is the nap to land a tricky little five-runner Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Race at Navan this afternoon.

A useful juvenile, Dermot Weld’s gelding made a promising reappearance at Gowran Park just under four weeks ago and will strip a lot fitter now.

Easy to back at Gowran — going off a 7-1 shot — A Word Apart never looked like delivering, but stayed on stoutly in the closing stages to take third behind Adilapour and Banksters Bonus.

Fancy Socks is impossible to fancy, while Creekside was impressive first time out when scoring by three lengths at Naas, but beat nothing.

Hurricane Havoc is the highest rated in the contest, but has been a bit disappointing so far this season and cheekpieces are now tried.

That leaves Last Crusade, who is down in class and making a quick return to action after finishing a well beaten fifth behind Alexander Pope in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last Sunday.

Both Last Crusade and Creekside like to race near the front and A Word Apart to cut them down in the closing stage is the hopeful prediction.

Weld might also have the answer to the Lynn Lodge Stud EBF Median Auction Maiden with Crimson Sunrise.

She is ordinary, having only managed eighth of 16 behind Janey Muddles at the Curragh last weekend, but this does look a very weak heat.

David Wachman’s Gonebeyondthemoon gets the vote in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

The daughter of Danehill Dancer brought a big reputation with her to Gowran Park last July and went off an even-money shot. She finished a poor fifth, in what was a bad race.

The selection reappeared at Killarney in August and did much better, filling third behind a smart horse in Photo Opportunity, Swing Pattern and subsequent winner, Move. Now a four-year-old, it may be significant that connections have persisted with her.

Leopardstown tomorrow is all about the clash of the big two, Fame And Glory and Rite Of Passage, in the Listed Seamus And Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes.

Rite Of Passage hasn’t been seen since landing a glorious success in the Ascot Gold Cup last June and, you’d imagine, everything is being geared at that race again.

Fame And Glory has had a recent outing, scrambling to a narrow win at Navan last month. Among his best efforts last season were finishing fifth to Workforce in the Arc at Longchamp and beating Zariska in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. He should have too much foot for Rite Of Passage over this mile and six.

The nap vote goes to Olympiad, in the Leopardstown Family Fun Day Maiden, who stepped up on his debut outing when chasing home Admiral Of The Red on this track last time.

Imperial Rome, far from disgraced when seventh in the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp, will appreciate going back a furlong in trip in the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes and can provide the answer.

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