ATTEMPTING to find winners on the flat at this time of year is largely a guessing game and this evening’s best guess at Leopardstown is Azamata in the Summer Festival Series Maiden.
Kevin Prendergast’s charge ran two promising races last season and, hopefully, the market will now speak in his favour.
He started off over a mile at the Curragh in September, finishing three and a half lengths second behind Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer, Imperial Monarch.
Behind in fifth spot was Amira’s Prince and he was an easy winner of a maiden at the Curragh last Sunday.
Azamata then went to Fairyhouse later in the month for a valuable sales race over a trip, seven furlongs, which was way too short. It was easy to understand why Prendergast was anxious allow the colt take his chance, because first prize was €73,500.
The selection did run well to take third of 18 behind Seanie , but was always struggling to keep up and the contest was virtually over before he hit top gear. Azamata now tackles ten furlongs and that can only work in his favour.
Aidan O’Brien’s Furner’s Green is the interesting one in the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook Race.
He has between 14lbs and 24lbs in hand of all of his rivals, with the exception of the once-raced Light Heavy, who doesn’t have a rating, and will surely go off a warm order.
The son of Dylan Thomas rounded off last season with a disappointing enough effort when a remote fourth of five behind stable companion, David Livingston, in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.
Prior to that, however, in the Group 1 National Stakes at headquarters, he finished less than two lengths fourth behind Power and that was a smart effort.
Dermot Weld’s Princess Highway gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden over ten furlongs.
She was well touted when making her debut on this track in October, but performed poorly in finishing eighth behind David Wachman’s Eternal Bounty.
The form of that heat has been working out quite nicely and, perhaps, Princess Highway will be seen in a more favourable light on this much faster surface.
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