The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical Dream looks good in the listed Salsabil Stakes, feature of today’s rescheduled meeting in Navan.
Penalised 3lb. for her win in the Group 3 C L Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh last autumn, the Galileo filly boasts comfortably the best form on offer and, although the fitting of cheekpieces is a slight concern, she sets s fair standard in this ten-furlong event.
Third to Viztoria on her debut at Naas, Magical Dream won her maiden at the Galway Festival and, unplaced in the Keeneland Debutante Stakes, progressed to finish a creditable fourth to Saturday’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas heroine Sly Lantern in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
A 16/1 shot for the Moyglare, she proved that her Group 1 run was no fluke when ending her season with victory in the Park Stakes, beating recent Leopardstown Guineas trial winner Rawaaq.
Conceding 3lb. to each of her six rivals, Magical Dream should prove too strong for today’s opposition, although Tommy Stack’s Alive Alive Oh, impressive winner of a weak Cork maiden over Easter, might prove a serious threat.
Vison Massif, narrow winner of Dundalk maiden last August and rated 90, might be another winner for Ballydoyle in the four-runner Proudstown Rated Race. Another of the O’Brien string — Just Pretending, an eye-catching third to Cheshire Oaks-bound Keeping in a competitive Dundalk maiden, might prove best in the Slane Fillies Maiden. Just Pretending might have most to fear from Jim Bolger’s Teochrios, which showed definite promise when a distant fourth to An Saincheann on her recent debut in Gowran Park.
In the handicaps, Andy Oliver’s Above The Law, raised 18lb. for an easy win at Dundalk on Friday, can follow-up under a mandatory 5lb. penalty I the opening Navan Chairman Handicap, if coping with very different underfoot conditions.
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