Wexford hosts this afternoon’s action in Ireland, and Masonbrook Lady gets the nap to land the eleven-furlong handicap.
Denis Hogan’s filly has modest form, and showed little on her handicap debut at Dundalk two runs ago. However, the daughter of Canford Cliffs gave rise to hope that her turn may not be far away when stepping up to today’s trip at Limerick last time.
On that occasion she finished fourth behind Birthplace, who gave the form a nice boost when winning off a 6lb higher mark at Clonmel on Thursday.
On today’s decent going in what is a modest race, she can account for a field headed by Tasty Ginger.
The Derrinstown Stud Derby Trials Stakes is the feature of tomorrow’s meeting at Leopardstown, and jockey bookings would suggest Shogun is the most favoured of the Aidan O’Brien-trained quartet.
However, Idaho gets the vote to land the spoils under Seamie Heffernan.
Most impressive on debut, on good ground, he was a disappointing favourite in a Group 1 on very soft ground at Saint-Cloud on his only other start as a two-year-old.
He began this season in the Ballysax Stakes at this track, and looked a winner until picked up late by Harzand. Again, the heavy ground may have been the telling factor but, back on decent ground this time, he can show his true colours.
He is preferred to stable companion Shogun and the once-raced Tirmizi, from the Dermot Weld stable.
The nap on the card goes to Cole Porter, who has been found a good opportunity to get off the mark in the finale, on what will be his seasonal debut.
Another Ballydoyle runner, he was placed in each of his three starts as a juvenile, and finished off that season when staying on well into a close third behind Siamsiocht in a nine-furlong maiden at Tipperary.
The step up to a mile and a half looks very much what he needs, and he can take this race at the expense of newcomer Mounira. The latter, a filly from the Weld stable, holds some fancy entries, and the market should give fair indication of expectation.
Now Or Never can take the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial for Michael O’Callaghan and Kieren Fallon. A smart juvenile, who won her maiden in Galway, she ran the race of her career to date when runner-up to Herald The Dawn in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.
More recently, she made a more-than-satisfactory return when runner-up to Jet Setting in a similar race to today’s. With that run under her belt, and the ground likely to be far less testing, she can take this at the expense of Radiantly.
The weekend’s national hunt fare takes place in Limerick tomorrow, and Definite Ruby can follow up her Punchestown success by taking the mares’ chase for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. On official figures there is little to separate her from Perfect Woman or Indian Fairy, but there was much to like about the manner in which she scored last time, and she should have more to give.
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