Obviously, we cannot expect O’Brien junior to hold her own against some of these top amateurs, if it comes down to a battle, but Draco is a horse that seems to be improving and, hopefully, it won’t come to that.
The son of Hernando produced his best performance to date at Fairyhouse on Grand National day.
He tried to make just about all of the running, but in the end was outclassed and beaten seven lengths into second by Tom Mullins’ Investmentsuccess.
That winner shapes like a very smart horse in the making and the form was boosted when the third, Marinero, returned to Fairyhouse to win in good style.
Steps To Freedom, with a rating if 131, should be the obvious choice in the Agnelli Motor Park Jeep Cherokee Supporting Kildare Beginners Chase.
But he has failed to go through with his effort over fences before and Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Granite may have the legs on him.
Impressive when taking a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park, Sizing Granite was coming back off a break when performing far better than his final placing would suggest behind Le Vent D’Antan at the Punchestown festival.
At Limerick tomorrow it is a case of old friends are best with Davy Russell teaming up with Gigginstown’s The Plan Man in the GAA Novice Hurdle. The four-year-old certainly rates the nap, having run a cracker when fourth to Arctic Fire on this track last time.
Tony Martin trains The Plan Man and can double up with Marinero in the Bumper. The five-year-old is clearly going the right way, on the evidence of his smooth success at Fairyhouse.
At Navan tomorrow, Aidan O’Brien’s Leading Light gets the vote in the Group 3 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes.
This is a high-class stayer and, hopefully, the market won’t indicate that he is badly in need of the outing!
Leading Light was unbeaten in four races last season, including the Leger at Doncaster, until finishing down the field behind Treve in the ‘Arc at Longchamp.
Dermot Weld can continue his terrific run with Sailors Swan in the Come Racing On June 14th Maiden. The son of Henrythenavigator ran with distinct promise when fourth to Ebanoran at the Curragh in October.