Two meetings this evening, with the first three-year-old hurdle of the season one of the highlights on the card at Roscommon.
But the high-class fare is in Cork, where the listed Platinum Stakes and Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes are the standout events.
The nap comes in the opener, where De Boss Man can be expected to build on the considerable promise of his debut by landing the spoils for Michael O’Callaghan.
The Dandy Man colt didn’t attract much market support on that occasion, at Naas, and the signs of greenness were obvious from the outset as he completely missed the kick, and trailed the second-last horse by some 15 or more lengths.
In the circumstances he was given a brilliant educational ride by Colm O’Donoghue, and did remarkably well to finish eighth, beaten just over six lengths, behind the Mr Scarlet.
The step up to six furlongs looks a positive move for the colt and, with a more professional effort anticipated, he should take beating, provided the ground does not get too soft.
It’ll be interesting to see how the market treats Impart, who was sent off favourite for the Naas race.
Backed into a very short price in the morning, he drifted a little on track but was still sent off favourite, at 3-1.
Well positioned from the outset, he held every chance but faded away to finish behind the selection. If money comes for him once more, we can disregard that effort.
The listed Platinum Stakes looks a cracking race, but the potential of the least exposed runners in the race, Reckless Gold and Rose De Pierre, can come to the fore, and marginal preference is for the former.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge showed promise in two runs last year and the colt showed he had progressed nicely over the winter when making the breakthrough on his comeback, at the Curragh.
Close to the pace from the outset on that occasion, he picked up really well inside the final quarter of a mile to score by a wide margin, from Saafarr.
This is a considerable step up in grade and he has something to find on official figures, but he can be expected to progress.
The unbeaten Rose De Pierre made light work of a lesser task last time, and is officially higher rated than the selection.
She could be very smart in time, and is likely to attract plenty of market support. A big run looks assured.
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