Five from the week….
RacingFM’s Conor O’Hehir runs his eyes over the best performances of the week and singles out five to watch out for…..
The opening Fillies Maiden at Gowran Park on Saturday produced a potential superstar in the Dermot Weld trained Joaillere. The eye catcher in the race, however, was Weld’s second string, Pianola. The Moyglare owned filly stayed on eye catchingly to grab fifth spot behind her stable mate. Leigh Roche was easy on the Arch filly up the straight and she’s sure to have learned a lot. Perhaps she will turn up in Ballybrit at the end of July? Stranger things have happened but she looks a sure fire maiden winner.
Jim Bolger’s five year old hadn’t been seen in eighteen months when he pitched up in a mile and a half Apprentice Handicap at Gowran Park on Saturday. He travelled well for a long way before finishing a close third behind Dancingwithangels who benefited from a strong Robbie Downey ride. Rated 64, Midfield General should shed his maiden tag over the coming weeks in a similar contest, with stronger handling.
The Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial produced an impressive winner in the Dermot Weld trained, Zawraq. Few ran with promise in behind, however, and Kevin Prendergast’s Mohaayed made a promising seasonal reappearance. The Intikahb colt was an impressive winner of a strong Navan maiden at the end of last season and looked a horse to follow as a three year old. He ran with great promise on Sunday and is sure to come on for the run and will appreciate better ground. He might not be as good as the winner but there is definitely a Group Three contest in him.
Andy Oliver’s Vitally Important is a huge stamp of a horse and looks to have a big season ahead. The five year old bolted up in a Dundalk maiden in December on his racecourse debut. He was given a mark of 90 on the back of that and this mark could be exploited over the coming months. His run on Sunday at Leopardstown was full of promise, travelling powerfully into the race before struggling to quicken on the soft ground to finish fourth behind Aussie Valentine. His maiden win around Dundalk suggests that a trip back there or the prospect of better ground would see him at his best and he could be one to land a nice handicap pot in the near future.
Tommy Stack’s five year old mare had two runs in quick succession last week, Cork on Monday before turning out again at Tipperary on Thursday. The Cork run was filled with plenty of promise as she flew home under Wayne Lordan to finish third behind Roryslittlesister. That was over five furlongs and the step up to seven furlongs at Tipperary should have suited better. She was probably feeling the effects of two runs in four days when she finished fourth behind Bobby Jean. If given a short break she should come back firing and land a handicap over six or seven furlongs with an ease in the ground preferable.
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