Green To Gold can follow-up despite penalty and drop in trip

GREEN TO GOLD, an impressive winner at Bellewstown on Sunday, should follow-up under a mandatory 5lb penalty in the ‘Kila & Paddy Casey’ Apprentice Handicap at Leopardstown tonight.

Green To Gold can follow-up despite penalty and drop in trip

Trained by Christy Roche, the six-year-old Daylami gelding had two outings over fences before opening his account on the level at the County Meath track, when landing a significant gamble (7/2 to 2/1).

Ridden then by Fran Berry, he stretched clear inside the final furlong to slam Cinderella Story by eight lengths, a performance which sparked a whopping 15lbs hike in the ratings.

Successful twice over hurdles last year, Green To Gold is, therefore, 10lb. ‘well-in’ tonight, and, with Joseph O’Brien in the saddle, is impossible to oppose, despite dropping back two furlongs in trip.

The John Oxx/Johnny Murtagh partnership has obvious prospects in five of tonight’s races.

And Narjawa, runner-up in her three career starts, should open her account in the nine-furlong maiden.

Second to Imperial Rome and Empowering in two runs at Dundalk late last year, this Marju filly, made most of the running before being outgunned by One Spirit when making her seasonal debut in a recent mile maiden at Leopardstown.

That form was franked when One Spirit finished a solid third to Pirateer in a listed event at the Curragh. And, with improvement expected and an extra furlong likely to suit, Narjawa should prove tough to beat, with Forever Glory, second to Freedom at the Curragh, her main threat.

Apparently ‘green’ when fourth to Compelling on her debut at Limerick, the Invincible Spirit filly Shiramiyna should improve sufficiently to prove a force in the opening seven-furlong fillies maiden, although the presence of Teo’s Sister, a full-sister to champion two-year-old of 2006 and sire sensation Teofilo, is a concern.

And another likely winner for Oxx and Murtagh is the twice-raced Shirocco colt Red Calima in tonight’s finale, the mile-and-a-half Avoca Maiden.

Third behind Apache and subsequent winner Long Journey Home on his debut, Red Calima had to settle for the runner-up berth behind stable-companion Saddler’s Rock — who makes his handicap debut off 87 in tonight’s 7.55 — at Tipperary last time and looks capable of success at this level.

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