THE well-drawn Jakarata Jazz has a good chance of getting us off to the perfect start for the weekend in the Median Auction Maiden at Naas this afternoon.
The daughter of Marju, who appeared to be crying out for a trip in her juvenile days, made a promising reappearance at Leopardstown last month.
Running over ten furlongs, she finished with a real flourish to get within a short head of the John Oxx-trained Roses For The Lady.
The form has been working out reasonably well and dropping two furlongs in trip now may not be the end of the world.
The surface is reportedly on the soft side and the stiff uphill finish can only play to the selection’s strengths!
Dermot Weld’s April is fancied to take the concluding Maiden. She hasn’t been seen since last June, but Weld’s charges are in good shape and that’s not a major worry.
The beautifully-bred daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar was a beaten favourite at Leopardstown on that occasion, fifth behind Aidan O’Brien’s Sea Of Marmara.
April wasn’t given a hard time when her chance was gone, however, and this does not look a hot contest.
At Leopardstown tomorrow, John Oxx’s Mourayan gets the nap in the Group 3 P W McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.
A tough son of Alhaarth, he went from strength to strength last season. On his penultimate outing, Mourayan ran highly-regarded satable companion, Sea The Stars, to half a length in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh and rounded off his campaign with a smooth victory in a Listed event at Leopardstown.
Jim Bolger’s Three Rocks steps into Listed company for the first time, with real prospects, in the Heritage Stakes. He’s won at the Curragh, Leopardstown and Tipperary and gets the nod to make the step up in grade and complete a spectacular four-timer in the process.
Best wager at Tramore tomorrow could be Catching Coins in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.
A little race such as this should be well within her compass, on the basis of a fourth to Booley Bay in a winners’ contest at Limerick last time.
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