winning run to continue at Naas
O'Brien can win the twin Group 3 feature races on a strong card at Naas on Sunday.
His Meditate was a very taking winner on her debut and will surely be all the rage to follow up in the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies Sprint (2.45). She easily brushed
aside race favourite Drunk In Love to win over five furlongs here a month ago
and she might well be better again for the experience and the longer trip this
time. Jessica Harrington’s Dundalk It’s Showtime Baby could emerge as the
The O'Brien-trained New York City should take all the beating in the Group 3 Goffs Lacken
Stakes (3.45). He certainly improved on a runaway maiden success at Navan when
getting the better of Straight Answer, a rival again, to land the Listed Committed
Stakes at the same venue last time and he should be up to confirming that form.
A couple of recent outings might also see him account for the highly-tried Twilight
Jet which is in action for the first time since the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in
also a couple of Listed races on the card and the Sole Power Sprint Stakes
(2.15) might just go the way of the Ger Lyons-trained Geocentric. She
has a penalty for her win at this level at Dundalk in October but she ran such
a big race when just losing out to Group 1 winner Romantic Proposal on her
first run back here three weeks ago that she is hard to overlook. Any
improvement must give her a chance against older and higher-rated rivals Logo
Hunter and Make A Challenge.
Owenstown Stakes (3.15) might not be as competitive with the 107-rated Bopedro all but standing out for Jessica Harrington. He found his winning form again in
handicaps on a couple of occasions last year and might well have been an
unlucky loser in the valuable Sovereign Path Handicap at Leopardstown on Longines
Irish Champions Weekend in September. A couple of weeks later he ran another
good race in the Listed Navigation Stakes at Cork and he could be up to
winning again on his first outing since then.
de Bromhead-trained Barbapapa must have his chance in the Royal Ascot Trials
At Naas Handicap (4.45). He was having his third outing when winning a maiden
at Dundalk in January, a race that is working out nicely, and the three-year-old might again go well from
the front-rank. He’s one of five contenders stepping into handicap company for
the first time.
exposed is the Sarah Lynam-trained Tyrconnell but the eight-year-old is
a consistent sort and looks a player in the Tote Always SP Or Better Handicap (5.15).
A standing dish at Dundalk, he wasn’t beaten all that far on his return to the
grass at Leopardstown last month and if again getting the better of Hale Bopp,
he can’t be too far away.
2.15 Geocentric (NAP); 2.45 Meditate; 3.15 Bopedro; 3.45 New York City; 4.45 Barbapapa;