A Likely Story showed more than enough in defeat on his debut to suggest his turn would not be long in coming, and he can earn those stripes with victory in the navanracecourse.ie maiden, over a trip just shy of six furlongs.
The Dermot Weld-trained gelding had his first start at Dundalk, where he ran a super race to finish within half a length of General Macarthur, who enjoyed the benefit of previous experience.
With the highly-regarded Blue De Vega and Mittersill in behind, it was a fair effort.
That was over seven furlongs and, while the drop back in trip is an unknown for the half-brother to Encrypted Message and Polished Rock, any improvement from his first start should be enough to earn him victory.
On form Al Mohalhal is the one to beat, but this trip has to be a concern for the colt, who was noted staying on strongly over seven furlongs at Gowran Park on his second start, and just touched off by the selection’s stable companion, Ebediyin, over a mile last time out, at Galway.
He sets a very good standard and must be respected, but may have to settle for a place once more.
Golden Raven can take the three-year-olds and upwards maiden, over a mile.
Not unfancied on debut, he sat behind the pace, before moving up, looking a real danger, in the straight. However, he was unable to sustain his effort and finished fifth behind Red Napoleon.
One of today’s rivals, Mcguigan, was in front of him then but that rival is beginning to look a touch exposed now, having had five chances, and the selection, who is entitled to be better for the experience, can reverse that form.
Another worth consideration is Street Taipan, who was placed on both starts, and remains open to improvement.
The fillies’ handicap looks very competitive, but Could Should Would ran a big race in defeat behind Daliyan less than three weeks ago, on what was her first start for a year.
Dropping back to a mile shouldn’t be a problem for the Andy Oliver-trained filly, as she won her maiden over seven furlongs, at Galway, and had previously finished just three and a half lengths behind Found in a Curragh Maiden, over a mile.
She looks capable of improvement, and is selected ahead of Antique Platinum, who is also dropping back in trip but is smart enough to be involved.
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