Crock of gold at end of Rainbow for Independence Day

Independence Day should be tough to beat in the Rainbow Communications 2-Y-O Maiden on Ulster Derby day in Down Royal.

Crock of gold at end of Rainbow for Independence Day

The Dansili colt made a promising start to his career in a hot Curragh maiden on Guineas weekend and, with normal improvement, should be capable of opening account. David Wachman’s charge ran a cracker at the Curragh ultimately finishing fourth, beaten less than six lengths, behind Thursday’s Coventry Stakes runner-up Air Force Blue.

That form has been boosted by the subsequent wins of Rockaway Valley (second), Tonkinese (third) and Painted Cliffs (eighth). And, dropping in trip, Billy Lee’s mount should prove too strong for Reckless Endeavor, a pleasing third to Ascot winner Waterloo Bridge on his debut at Tipperary.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Fields Of Athenry, an all-the-way winner of a Dundalk maiden, might be progressive enough to defy top-weight in the featured Magners Ulster Derby while Back On Top, seventh on her handicap debut at the Curragh, looks best in the Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks.

Gowran Park caters for National Hunt enthusiasts today and flat fans tomorrow.

Henry de Bromhead’s Solatentif, sixth to Yorkhill in a Punchestown bumper last time, looks the day’s stand-out bet in the Gowran Park Golf Club Maiden Hurdle.

His earlier form, including a good third behind Vigil and Bellshill at Leopardstown and a second to Pyromaniac over hurdles in Killarney last summer, looks strong in the context of today’s contest.

Tomorrow Aidan O’Brien’s Air Vice Marshall, sure to improve significantly from his debut third to Rockaway Valley at the Curragh, shouldn’t be opposed in the two-year-old maiden.

Tony Martin’s Clonard Street, sixth to Curvy on his seasonal return at the Curragh, might prove the solution to the tricky four-runner Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Race.

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