DIANTHUS (Richard O’Brien) We had already marked the new Limerick based trainer – no relation to the Ballydoyle crew – as one to follow and this filly delivered in style for him on Sunday when taking a Premier Handicap. She could quickly step up in grade, possibly even a 1,000 Guineas Trial.
ESCAPABIITY (Jessica Harrington) Sixth for Mick Halford on his sole juvenile outing, he has changed yards and really should have finished closer than third in a mile maiden. Should make amends next time.
HENCE (Aidan O’Brien) A close second over six furlongs at Naas last Sunday, that trip was too short for this full sister of Alice Springs. Should take her maiden with ease when stepping back up in trip, on the way perhaps to much better things.
KOSHARI (Willie Mullins) Will need to polish up on his jumping – and is with the right team for that to happen – but had a bit in hand just the same when scoring over two and a half miles at Clonmel on Thursday. A longer trip and better ground could seem him quickly climb the ratings.
PANSTARR (Jim Bolger) Made a very solid start to the new flat season when finishing second, the meat in the sandwich between two highly rated market hotpots Making Light and Elegant Pose. Plenty to build on there.
PINCHECK (Jessica Harrington) Fourth in the Irish Lincoln was a pleasing seasonal debut for this gelding who has thrived since joining Harrington in mid season last year. Ground and trip versatile he has already won three times for the yard and on this showing there should be plenty more in the pipeline.
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