A TOI PHIL (Gordon Elliott) Ex Willie Mullins and easily his best effort for Elliott when taking the PWC Chase at Gowran Park. Will get an entry for the big JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal but whether he’s quite Grade 1 class remains to be seen. He has a formidable record just below that level.
BRELADE (Gordon Elliott) After a break he made a nice start over fences and clearly has a future over the larger obstacles. Don’t be surprised though if he’s primed to land a big handicap hurdle during the season too and as his owner lives beside Leopardstown any appearances at the Dublin track should be particularly noted.
FLEET REVIEW (Aidan O’Brien) Well suited by switching back to six furlongs when a close second to stablemate U S Navy Flag in the Middle Park. While the winner could easily stretch to a mile this colt looks a specialist over the six trip.
JAQEN H’GHAR (Joseph O’Brien) Strongly fancied at Dundalk over a mile and a half but met late traffic issues and had to be switched right at the furlong pole, just beaten a neck. Will take all the beating if returning to the Border track over the same trip or longer.
KENYA (Aidan O’Brien) Came from a different postal zone to finish third to stalemate Flag Of Honour at Naas. Very green and going nowhere fast early on, he really zipped home. Not to be missed if reappearing before season’s end, particularly at a mile or more.
LONDON ICON (Adrian Keatley) This smart prospect will certainly shorten the Winter for her shrewd Curragh based handler. Might grab a late season Group 3 at Leopardstown, and will be aiming a lot higher in 2018.
MINNIE HAHA (Jessica Harrington) She possibly switched off with her race seemingly won when caught late at Naas. Quick compensation awaits next time particularly if dropping back to seven furlongs.
THE KINGS BABY (Moses McCabe) She was possibly granted a soft lead at Tramore but exciting 7 lbs. claimer Donie McInerney took full advantage and she ran her rivals ragged. A startling comeback effort and goes for a novice hurdle next.
YOLO STAR (Johnny Murtagh) Sent off at 6/1 at Naas as her trainer feared she might need the run and she was slightly overweight. Yet she left her rivals standing and the winning two lengths margin in no way reflected her superiority. The ground drying out a bit helped, and she’ll be a sharp operator on a decent surface next year, and might pick up another prize before this season is out.
* Another highly profitable week for the Declan O’Donoghue Irish Racing Service with U S Navy 12/1; Ben Rumson 7/1 (w 13/2); High School Days 7/1; Scoil Naisiunta 13/2 ; The Kings Baby 9/2 (w 5/2); Invincible Ryker 4/1 (w 7/2); Aurora Eclipse 9/4 (w 15/8); Crocodile Dundee 2/1; Creation 11/8 (w 4/7); London Icon 11/8 (w 9/10); Mullinavat 11/10 (w 9/10); Ainsi Va La Vie evens; Sayar evens and Miss Eyecatcher 5/6 (w 4/6).
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