Aasheq made a most promising start to his career at the Curragh just a fortnight ago, and can use that experience to land the Kilberry Maiden tomorrow afternoon at Navan.
Dermot Weld’s colt was the subject of some very encouraging reports prior to that start and for much of the trip he looked like justifying heavy market support.
He found only US Army Ranger too good on that occasion, but the winner is now one of the leading fancies for the Epsom Derby.
That race was over 10 furlongs on heavy ground, and the drop to a mile on what should be somewhat less-testing conditions shouldn’t prove too much of an inconvenience for this son of Dubawi and smart filly Beach Bunny.
His odds may not tempt small-stakes punters, but he looks the best bet on a tough card.
Dewdrop can make a winning return in the ten-furlong handicap. One of two runners for Aidan O’Brien, she had four runs last year, and produced her best performance when runner-up to Verbosity on the last of them.
On that occasion, she was noted staying on quite nicely, without ever threatening to get to the winner, and that effort suggested she would improve for the type of step up in trip she takes this time.
Proven to go on testing ground, and with the assistance of Ryan Moore, she can earn her stripes by accounting for Ceol Na Nog.
The latter ran well in defeat on her seasonal debut last time, and can be expected to take enough of a step forward to be a major player in this modest event.
Joailliere looks a value option to reverse previous form with Onenightidreamed and Flight Risk in the listed Heritage Stakes, which has been transferred from this afternoon’s cancelled card at Cork.
Dermot Weld’s filly was a runaway winner of debut 12 months ago and, given her inexperience, ran a super race when a close ninth behind Pleascach in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her next start.
That finished her first season, and she made her return in a Grade Three last month at the Curragh. She finished third behind the progressive Queen Blossom then, and was entitled to improve for that run.
She seemed to do that when, taking on colts for the first time, she finished a close third behind Onenightidreamed and Flight Risk.
The four-year-old remains the one of the three most open to improvement and, slightly better off at the weights with both, has a chance to turn the tables.
Although her draw is not ideal, Pat Smullen is brilliant at getting his mounts into position early, and it’ll be no surprise if he takes the filly to the front from the outset.
If he can do so, this tough performer can fend off all-comers.
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