Stan Moore launches a three-pronged assault on the valuable Tattersalls Ireland Sale Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday in a serious attempt to go one better than 12 months ago.
Southandwest was second best behind Invincible Force as British raiders took the lion’s share of the prize money by filling five of the first six places in 2006.
Southwest Star, who runs in the same ownership as Southandwest, Nikindi and Ezthegezza represent the Hungerford trainer this time.
“Nikindi is the highest-rated of my three. He’s a pretty good horse and a big horse which is why he haven’t run him since early on in the season,” said Moore.
“Hopefully tomorrow’s race will bring the best out in him. He won’t mind the ground if it’s quite soft. He’s in good form and got a good draw.
“Ezthegezza was unlucky not to win at Hamilton. He got badly bumped coming out of the stalls and lost a lot of ground. He’d be more of a seven-furlong horse but that might suit for tomorrow and he’ll get good assistance from Pat Smullen in the saddle.
“Southwest Star is owned by the same people that had Southandwest in it last year.
“He’s a good-sized horse and he will definitely win his maiden in England.
“We’ve tried to get them all there in good form to do their best as there is some good prize money. We hope to win some and they are all in great form.”
Abergavenny-based handler David Evans, third in last year’s race with Bazroy, also has three runners – Vhujon, Wooden King and Polish Priory.
Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam will be double-handed with Sir George and Au Pair.
Chapple-Hyam said: “Sir George would probably be my first pick of the two but Au Pair has improved since her first run.
“Both horses seem very well – I’m just a little worried about the ground ending up too soft for them. But it is a valuable race and it is worth taking our chance,” he told www.peterchapplehyam.com.
A 12-strong British raid among a field of 22 is completed by Creative, Papillio, Imperial Decree and Sudden Impact.