Hall Of Mirrors should prove hard to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for colts and geldings at Leopardstown tonight.
The Duke Of Marmalade colt made a good start at the Curragh last month and can be expected to come on plenty for the experience.
He ran prominently for most of that seven furlongs, before fading to finish half a length and four and a half lengths third behind Dibayani and Orgilgo Bay.
The surface was very testing on that occasion, but the selection stuck to his task and stepping up another furlong in trip looks perfect for him.
Aidan O’Brien trains Hall Of Mirrors and may also have the solution to the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden with Snow Queen.
The evidence thus far is that she is certainly no star, but the daughter of Danehill Dancer is down in class, having finished fifth to Harasiya in a Group 3 on this track last time.
Feature race is the Group 3 Desmond Stakes and how the ground rides will surely have a major bearing on the outcome. Yesterday morning it was described as good, good to firm in places, but that soon changed.
The course was then hit by 14mm of rain and the description was changed to good to soft. From this range Duntle is put forward as the most likely winner. Even though by Danehill Dancer, David Wachman’s filly is at her best on decent ground, as she proved with a fine performance to win a Listed handicap at Royal Ascot in June.
In the event of more rain bucketing down, then the nod would fall on the mud-loving Takar, who is 8lbs wrong with the selection. Tommy Carmody’s King Of Dudes, beaten three lengths into second by Sadlers Mark at Naas last week, is fancied to go one better in the Leopardstown Apprentice Handicap.
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