Side with Sharaasa

Kevin Prendergast’s Sharaasa can land the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Dundalk tonight.

She made her debut at Gowran Park in September and only hinted at possessing ability in finishing seventh of 16 behind the impressive Aidan O’Brien-trained Together Forever.

That contest was over a mile and the wily Prendergast then decided to drop her down to six furlongs at Naas last time.

The 19-runner affair housed a hot pot in Eddie Lynam’s Byzantium and that one duly justified the confidence.

But not before Sharaasa had given her supporters a real fright. It was only in the final stride that Byzantium grabbed Sharaasa and beat her a short head into second.

The form was subsequently boosted when the third, Zunera, went on to score on this track last Friday night.

Approbare, with a rating of 92, should prove hard to beat, at least in theory, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for colts and geldings, but has essentially proved disappointing.

Preference is for John Oxx’s Corbata, whose two outings to date have been over seven furlongs.

He made a promising start at Listowel, third to Smuggler’s Cove and the ill-fated New Alliance.

Corbata then went to Cork and looked all over a winner for most of the long straight. The son of Invincible Spirit, however, found the last furlong, in soft ground, hard work and was eventually well beaten into third behind Mandamus.

This polytrack should certainly suit and, hopefully, dropping down a little in trip will also help.

Happy Anniversary looks the one to beat in the Ireland V England Stablestaff Soccer International Apprentice Handicap.

She races off a mark 2lbs higher compared to last time, when three parts of a length second to The Dancing Lord here. The Dancing Lord went in again at Dundalk on Friday.


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