The six-year-old Galileo gelding, a four-time winner on the flat, is relatively lightly-raced over hurdles but has performed creditably in recent outings. Winner of his maiden at the Galway Festival last year, Marchese Marconi, with Joseph O’Brien on board, was disputing the lead when unseating his rider at the final flight in a handicap hurdle (won by Sir Scorpion) at Fairyhouse over Easter.
He was then no match for Walk To Freedom in a conditions event at Punchestown but, last time, didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs when finishing a good second to Phantom Prince in a valuable handicap in Ballinrobe. Today’s race looks ideal for the O’Brien runner and he should have the measure of Aminabad and Vercingetorix.
Marchese Marconi’s stable-companion Tesseract, an emphatic winner in Tipperary last time, should complete a double for the yard in the bumper.
In Fairyhouse tomorrow the Tracey Collins-trained Majestic Queen, carrying the Godolphin colours for the first time, sets the standard in the featured, Group 3 Brownstown Stakes.
Carrying a 3lb. penalty for her Group 3 success at Lingfield in May, the five-year-old should triumph if reproducing her excellent Greenlands Stakes third to Mustajeeb, when she had the likes of Sole Power and Gordon Lord Byron behind.
James Doyle, who rode the filly in the Greenlands will be on board again and should make his trip to Fairyhouse worthwhile.
In Limerick, where Barry Geraghty returns to action after injury and begins his job for J P McManus, Queen Alphabet will be expected to follow-up a recent win in Down Royal by taking the Mike Denver Plays Live 23rd July Rated Hurdle for Peter Fahey and 7lb. claimer Jack Kennedy