DECISION TIME (John Kiely) The mile and a half fillies maiden that she won at Fairyhouse on Tuesday was probably an egg and spooner, but there was no doubting her superiority once Emmett McNamara pressed the button. She will have no trouble getting a mile and six and two miles is by no means out of the question either.
GLENS HARMONY (Willie Mullins) A sister of Glens Melody and potentially every bit as good. She has excellent bumper form and while she was very green on her hurdling debut and had to make the running, she still delivered in style. Will go the mares novice route, where she will undoubtedly have to cross swords at some stage with other gifted stablemates.
GRAN GESTE (Liz Doyle) Is highly regarded by his shrewd and still under rated trainer and made a winning debut in the bumper at Thurles on Thursday seeing off some well fancied – and more experienced – rivals from leading stables. Clearly progressive.
MAGIC OF LIGHT (Jessica Harrington) A warm favourite at Thurles for a stable that knows the time of day and met traffic problems when second to smart winner La Bella Vida. Quick compensation awaits.
MIND’S EYE (Henry de Bromhead) Understandably no match for the unbeaten Samcro at Punchestown but sure to more than pay his way in lesser company. Looks nailed on to land a maiden hurdle next time out.
SYNOPSIS (Gordon Elliott) Won a tricky enough fillies flat handicap at Navan which contained some useful and well proven performers. Clearly back in good heart and will soon be winning again over hurdles.
THOMAS O’MALLEY (Joseph O’Brien) Sharp Dundalk winner could be a useful dual performer but any enthusiasm for hurdles must be tapered down a bit as he simply has to have good or faster ground.
U S NAVY FLAG (Aidan O’Brien) Could there ever be a more aptly named Breeders Cup winner at Del Mar, the track where “the surf meets the turf”? This horse has been transformed by blinkers and clearly thrives on his busy schedule.
WAR DECREE (Aidan O’Brien) Now here’s the thing. Churchill is going to the Breeders Classic as an afterthought, a bid to restore a fading reputation ahead of stud duties. And who knows, the change of climate and surface might do the trick, never underestimate Aidan. But get this. War Decree has had the Classic as his target since he ran in the French Derby! And he’s available at 50/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair, with the latter going Non Runner No Bet. Too good to be true? . . maybe, but with NRNB you’ve nothing to lose . . and remember in this column back in April I gave you Winter at 33/1 for the 1,000 Guineas. Could lightening strike again?
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