Street set to strike

FAY STREET can finally reap the reward of consistency in the Maiden at Down Royal tonight.

Ken Condon’s three-year-old hasn’t run a bad race, in a very busy start to the campaign, and deserves a turn. His latest two efforts have been his best and the son of Street Cry should now be poised to strike. On the all-weather at Dundalk, he made hot-pot Slam Dunk pull out all the stops before going under by a short head.

Then at Limerick fifteen days ago, Fay Street finished three lengths runner-up behind Greatwallofchina. A neck away in third was Dermot Weld’s Award Ceremony and he didn’t let the form down at Tipperary a week ago, three parts of a length second to Arizona John.

Kevin Prendergast’s Arfajah is the choice in the Barclay Telecom Maiden. She made a promising start at the Curragh when fifth to Aidan O’Brien’s Mastercraftsman.

A place and a head in front of her was last Sunday’s Curragh winner, Jim Bolger’s Intense Focus. The selection then subsequently took far too long to hit top gear when third to Daffodil Walk and Marquesa at Dundalk.

Gerry Cully and Ian Power could team up for a double at Tramore tonight with Spiriton and Takeyourpick. Spiriton, returning from a break when fourth in the handicap won by Lothario at Limerick last week, is no great shakes, but the August Festival 14th to 17th Maiden Hurdle does look a woeful contest.

Takeyoupick has proved a bit disappointing since being launched over flights, but, as a prolific winner in the point-to-point fields, may be seen in a better light in the Mary Grimes Catering Beginners Chase.


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