It’s day six at Ballybrit and Capri gets the nap to take the one-mile maiden for trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Seamie Heffernan.
The apparent second choice of three runners for the stable in a seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh on his only previous outing, he stayed on strongly into a close second behind the experienced Arcada, with his highly-regarded stable companion Taj Mahal in third place.
While the form of that race hasn’t been properly tested, the front three were quite some way ahead of the remainder and Capri was the only one of the first three not to have a previous outing.
With the benefit of the experience — something which is invaluable around this track — he can go one place better.
He is preferred to Mujaazy, who also finished second on debut, behind Oh Grace at Leopardstown.
Famous Milly makes each-way appeal in the An Pucan EBF Nursery.
Gavin Cromwell’s filly wasn’t without her supporters in what looked a decent maiden at Downpatrick just eight days ago.
While she was never going to be a match for the winner, she didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs and yet was noted staying on nicely in to second place.
This stiffer track should suit and, being by Famous Name, a bit of cut in the ground will do no harm to her chance. Ideally drawn, next to the rails, she should be involved throughout and is expected to give backers a good run for their money.
The danger may come from top-weight Firey Speech, who upset better-fancied rivals when getting up late to win a maiden at the second time of asking.
On tomorrow’s card the nap goes to First Figaro, from the stable of Dermot Weld.
Winner of a bumper at this meeting last year, he ran really well when ninth, beaten less than six lengths, in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
He disappointed on his most recent start, at the Punchestown Festival, but the lay-off is no concern as he came here off a similar break 12 months ago. Provided the going remains quite quick on the National Hunt course, he should take a world of beating.
The danger is likely to come from An Caisteal Nuadh, who looked a nice prospect when making a winning debut at Limerick just nine days ago.
Quite what the form amounts to is uncertain, but he did it in plenty of style, and is sure to progress.
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