CITY ISLAND (Martin Brassil) Won a Punchestown bumper on Wednesday going away, so clearly would prefer a longer trip. Already going well in schooling hurdles, likes good ground and is one to follow on the summer jumping circuit. No surprise if he turns up at the Galway Festival.
DELANO ROOSEVELT (Aidan O’Brien) Will go to the Epsom Derby somewhat under the radar but there was a lot to like about his Derrinstown second to another Derby hopeful Hazapour where he finished with a flourish. Must not be underrated. Remember Wings Of Eagles and Padraig Beggy at 40/1 last year!
SPRING WATCH (Mouse Morris) Won a handicap hurdle with a bit in hand so sure to get a rise in the ratings but is still progressing and clearly likes decent ground.
WHO’S STEPH (Ger Lyons) The prize money for winning the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown will pay the supplementary fee needed to enter the Curragh classic at this late stage. She has every right to go there and is ground versatile, which is always a big plus in Ireland.
YUKON LIL (Willie Mullins) A tidy and efficient Killarney bumper winner, building on a promising first effort when third at Fairyhouse. The quality of what she beat at the scenic lakeside track is open to question, but she certainly did the job with the minimum of fuss.
ZIHBA (Fossy Stack) Dual Dundalk polytrack winner really impressed on his belated turf debut at Leopardstown when taking the Amethyst Stakes. Due to take another big step in grade now in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and should give a good account if he gets fast ground.
ZORIAN (Jim Bolger) The Carlow trainer has made a relatively quiet start to the season but that could be about to change dramatically as the ground dries out.
* Yet another great week for Declan’s Irish Racing Service – Alan’s Pride 12/1 (won 11/2 fav.); Neverushacon 8/1 (w 4/1 fav.); Wisdom Mind 5/1 (won 3/1 fav.); City Island 9/2; Voix Du Rene 11/10 (w 8/11). Each way – Alghabrah 18/1 (pl. 9/1); Larchmount Lad 12/1 (pl. 8/1); Rickrack 8/1 (pl. 10/3). One that got away – The Princetonian 20/1 each way, sent off 10/3 fav. but finished fourth! Remember it’s the Irish Guineas Festival next weekend.
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