The Aidan O’Brien-trained Like A Star must be strongly fancied to open her account, at the second attempt, in tonight’s finale in Cork, the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Maiden.
A daughter of Galileo, Like A Star was unraced as a two-year-old, but made an encouraging start to her career when contesting a fillies maiden at Leopardstown last month when, sent off at 16/1, she finished third behind stable-companion Somehow, who went on to win the Cheshire Oaks in Chester.
The selection had one of today’s rivals, Balcony, behind her in fifth spot on that occasion and, with plenty of improvement expected, the Ballydoyle filly sets a decent standard in this 10-furlong contest.
Balcony went on to finish fourth to Shamreen at Gowran and might not pose as big a threat as Dermot Weld’s Karalara, fourth in a Curragh maiden on her only start, last July.
David Wachman’s team hasn’t hit top form yet this season but his Rock Of Gibraltar filly Gone To Russia looks the one to beat in the opening two-year-old maiden.
Wayne Lordan’s mount went within a short-head of beating Ballydoyle filly Roly Poly on her debut at Naas three weeks ago, with the reopposing Blue Bahia in third spot.
A reproduction of that effort should make Wachman’s charge hard to beat in a field which includes well-regarded Bushranger filly Spy Ring, trained by Michael O’Callaghan.
The Dermot Weld-trained Aasheq, beaten by US Army Ranger on his debut at the Curragh, proved a massive disappointment when only fifth to Sunday’s French 2,000 Guineas winner The Gurkha at Navan.
But he might be capable of bouncing back in the Buy Online At corkracecourse.ie Maiden, in which chief rival Mittersill is badly drawn.
Meanwhile, in Downpatrick, Gordon Elliott might complete a first and last race double with recent Perth scorer John Monash in the Welcome To America rated Novice Hurdle and The Storyteller, narrowly beaten by Bertie Bell over course and distance last time, in the bumper.
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