Moonlit Garden set to shine

MOONLIT Garden can land the Listed Danehill Dancer Stakes at Tipperary tomorrow.

Dermot Weld’s filly ran in another Listed event at the Curragh last month and never really gave herself a chance of delivering, after going off favourite.

She was very much on her toes in the preliminaries and didn’t settle through the contest. In the circumstances, the daughter of Exceed And Excel was from disgraced in claiming third behind


Prior to that the selection had shown blistering pace in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but nothing went right for her there either, because she had to race alone for the most part up the unfavoured stands’ rail.

There shouldn’t be any excuses on this occasion, from stall one, and it’s time for Moonlit Garden to do the business in pattern company.

Aidan O’Brien’s Master Of Hounds, who cost punters a bundle when failing to close down stable companion Roderic O’Connor at the Curragh, is hard to oppose in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

Tommy Stack’s Celerina, who has been struggling over longer trips, has a good opportunity in the modest five furlongs Ballykisteen Maiden.

The Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Gillies Maiden is best left to Charles O’Brien’s Dearest Girl, third to Zeribiya at Leopardstown.

Feature event at Fairyhouse this afternoon is the Listed Belgrave Stakes and, with just 12lbs between the whole field, this could hardly be more open.

That said the nap vote falls on Ger Lyons’ Rain Delayed, who has been lucky enough to land one of the best draws in nine.

He disappointed at the Curragh on his latest appearance, but that is not the first time has shown a dislike of that track.

Prior to the Curragh, Rain Delayed was beaten a head by Miss Gorica (rec. 6lbs) at Naas and also beat Miss Gorica by a head at Cork. They now meet on the same terms.

Sabrina Harty’s Bravely Fought, last seen when second over flights at Cork, can land the Ballyhack Race.

He’s been a fine money-spinner for that yard and the last time the five-year-old ran on the flat was when a creditable third to Precious Gem and Maximo, off top weight, in a Leopardstown handicap.

The dropped-in-class Juliet Capulet, who cut little ice behind the brilliant Memory in the Group 2 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, should find the opposition much more to her liking in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for juveniles.

At Sligo tomorrow, Christy Roche’s lightly-raced Stakers can win the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

He created a favourable impression when easily beating the useful Final Day by three and a half lengths at Tipperary.


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