Chapel to confirm debut promise
Few juveniles this season have created such a favourable
impression as Contarelli Chapel did on her debut last month. Returning
to the scene of that course and distance success, the Ballydoyle trained filly
will take all the beating in the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint
Stakes (4.10). Despite running noticeably green on her initial outing, she
quickened away from her rivals in impressive style. It would be a surprise if
she can't follow up here en route to Royal Ascot.
Trainer Jack Davison, who enjoyed his finest hour with Mooneista at this track last month, can reach even greater heights with that same filly
in the other Group 3 race on the card; the Goffs Lachen Stakes (4.40). Having
beaten some of the best older sprinters in Ireland on her most recent start,
she has to hold serious claims back among her own age group.
Snapraeterea was noted making
significant late headway when nearest at the finish over a mile last time, so
it's somewhat surprising he drops back in trip for the concluding Listed
Owenstown Stud Stakes (5.10). On official ratings he would appear to hold every
chance, so perhaps he will be ridden a shade handier in order to make his
Plenty of in-form speedsters lock horns in the Listed Sole Power
Sprint Stakes (3.40) but perhaps Make A Challenge will now be fit enough
to stamp his authority on the grade. Entitled to have needed his first couple
of outings this season, the six-year-old should now be reaching his peak, as a
trip to Royal Ascot next month is likely to be his next task. Well drawn for a
sprint race at Naas, he should be finishing best of all down the middle of the
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore can complete a juvenile double on the
afternoon courtesy of Cadamosto in the Coolmore Calyx Race (3.10). He
showed a likeable attitude on his racecourse debut at Dundalk and should be
strong enough to concede weight to his rivals. The son of No Nay Never is yet
another horse who will be hoping to book his ticket to the royal meeting next
Naas has always been something of a happy hunting ground for Ger
Lyons, who can strike with Blazing Star in the opening Irish Stallion
Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (1.40). An eye-catching fifth on her racecourse debut
at this track in March, she was very well supported when just finding one too
good at Cork last time. The Juddmonte owned filly looks capable of winning an
ordinary maiden and there doesn't appear to be any superstars among the
opposition. Lyons and stable jockey Colin Keane can double up with Diderot in
the following Naas Handicap (2.10). A lightly raced individual who won his
maiden at Dundalk last time, he could be well treated in his first
On an afternoon when the big trainers look set to dominate, Adrian
Murray can strike a blow for the smaller man with El Padre in the Royal
Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap (2.40). A fast finishing third over seven-furlongs
on his handicap debut at Cork, the five-year-old failed to match that effort
last time but stepping up in trip looks the perfect solution.
Selections: 1.40 Blazing Star; 2.10 Diderot;
2.40 El Padre; 3.10 Cadamosto; 3.40 Make A Challenge; 4.10 Contarelli Chapel (NAP);
4.40 Mooneista; 5.10 Snapraeterea.
Secret is out at Wexford
The Sneezy Foster-trained Clondaw Secret is taken to
rediscover winning ways in the featured Shamrock Enterprises Ltd Rated Hurdle (1.55)
at Wexford this afternoon. A winning point-to-pointer, which got his career off
to the perfect start at Navan before Christmas, his efforts since the turn of
the year have been disappointing. Perhaps the addition of a first-time tongue
tie will see the six-year-old in a better light.
Henry De Bromhead, who has few equals when it comes to
well-schooled novices, can strike with Bold Enough in the Think Print
And Design Wexford Novice Chase (3.55). A smart hurdler, last seen when
finishing third at the Aintree festival, he can get his career over fences off
to a winning start.
Spancil Hill looks one of the
stronger bets on the card in the Good Enuf To Eat Banqueting Handicap Chase (4.25).
The Michael McDonagh trained 11-year-old has already proven his liking for this
venue and arrives here in good form having easily beaten a subsequent winner on
his most recent outing. If anything, this looks a weaker affair so he is going
to take some beating.
An hour earlier, punters face a choice between two well-handicapped
horses in the Support The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle (3.25). Se
Mo Laoch, which ran a race full of promise when second at the Punchestown
festival, can get the better of Lord Lariat. Trainer Brian McMahon does
extremely well from limited numbers and places his horses effectively.
Stoughan Cross, a horse who
appears to have lost his way over fences could be the answer to division one of
the Nevilles Hotel Handicap Hurdle (2.25), while topweight, Broken Ice is given the nod in the second leg. The latter could have more to offer over
flights, having attained a mark of 70 during a short career on the Flat. A
return to slightly better ground than he has raced on recently could bring
Peter Fahey and Kevin Sexton can continue their recent good form
by taking the opening Wexford Racecourse Mares Maiden Hurdle (1.25) with Butterflyvespiere.
Following two promising runs over hurdles at Navan, the five-year-old disappointed
in a Kilbeggan bumper latest but it wouldn't be the first time a horse didn't
handle that latter track. In a weak affair with little strength in depth, she
is taken to belatedly open her account over hurdles.
The concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race (4.55)
can see the Willie Mullins-trained Ashroe Diamond make a winning
racecourse debut. A half-sister to a bumper winner, she is sure to know her job
and appears to have been found a good opportunity here.
Selections: 1.25 Butterfly Vespiere; 1.55
Clondaw Secret; 2.25 Stoughan Cross; 2.55 Broken Ice; 3.25 Se Mo Laoch; 3.55
Bold Enough; 4.25 Spancil Hill (NAP); 4.55 Ashroe Diamond.