Karezak poised to give Oxx pre-Epsom boost

Karezak should give John Oxx and Declan McDonogh a pre-Epsom boost by landing the Follow Tipperary Races Median Auction Maiden on tonight’s mixed card in Tipperary.

The 86-rated son of Azamour might not be in the same league as Currabeg’s Investec Derby contender Ebanoran, but he showed enough potential and stamina on his seasonal debut at Navan to suggest he should be capable of success at this level.

Karezak finished eight and a half lengths clear of the remainder (including subsequent Tramore winner Asknotwhat) when beaten a half-length by John Constable in a maiden over a mile and five furlongs.

John Constable went on to finish a close second, off 90, in a Curragh handicap. With improvement expected from Karezak after that comeback run, he should prove tough to beat, with the Ger Lyons-trained Fog Of War his chief threat.

Market confidence in Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer Battle Of Marathon, a son of War Front, would be significant ahead of the opening two-year-old maiden.

His stable-companion Masai appeals in the five-furlong Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap on the back of his three-year-old debut fourth to Gathering Power at Naas.

Winner of a six-furlong maiden at Dundalk back in October, this Oasis Dream colt faces some seasoned sprinters, but should go close.

In the jumps action, Eric McNamara’s Irish Bulletin, which chased home Indian Icon in encouraging style at Killarney, sets the standard in the TipperaryRaces.ie Maiden Hurdle.

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