Leave it to Levanto

The five-runner Tipper Road Race, the last on the card, is easily the most interesting contest at Naas tonight.

All of the candidates are previous winners, with the nap vote falling on Willie Mullins’ Levanto.

This progressive sort has plenty going for her and is fancied to build on a decent effort at the Curragh on her latest appearance.

The daughter of Lawman was carrying the steadier of 9-6, in a competitive mile and a half handicap, and came through the test with flying colours.

Partnered with typical confidence by Johnny Murtagh, she cruised into the lead under two furlongs down, before holding on for dear life close home to beat Zarkiyr by a short head.

The form has been working out quite nicely with Zarkiyr, Mourani (fifth) and Sharjah (eighth) going on to score in the meantime.

Two colts on the upgrade, The Vatican and Dr Funkenstein, have to be respected, but there is a touch of class about Levanto, who is likely to be ideally suited by dropping down to ten furlongs.

Dermot Weld’s Violet Hour looks best in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden over a mile.She ran moderately first time at Naas, but then stepped up to fill third spot behind Scintillula and Belle De Crecy at Leopardstown.

Scintillula went on to chase home Count Of Limonade in a Listed event at the Curragh, while Belle De Crecy won in a canter at Roscommon on Monday evening.

Aidan O’Brien might land a double with the Smart Strike newcomer, Minorette, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden and Oklahoma City in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for colts and geldings.

Oklahoma City didn’t show much on his debut, when a poor sixth to Sudirman at Leopardstown, but will surely improve on that, in what looks a bad race.

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