Pleascach To Star At Naas
The Irish National Stud EBF Blue Wind Stakes is the feature event on an interesting mid-week card at Naas, and it might be worth siding with Jim Bolger’s, Pleascach in the Group Three contest.
The well-bred Teofilo filly made an encouraging seasonal reappearance at Cork in April when going down at the hands of Bocca Baciata with Diamondsandrubies behind her in third. That piece of form has subsequently received a massive boost and it could pay to have the Bolger filly on side today.
She looked a filly to follow last season when she was an impressive winner of a Leopardstown maiden over seven furlongs, but the best should still be to come.
Dermot Weld has won two of the last three running’s of the Blue Wind and he relies on the Aga Kahn owned filly, Zannda who was most recently a good second to Jazzi Top at Newmarket on Guineas Weekend.
Last year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas fourth, Avenue Gabriel will have to give weight to her younger rivals but has to be respected for the in-form Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes. Aidan O’Brien saddles newcomer, Loved, who will wear a hood on her debut outing. Euphrasia, Queen Of Alba and Morga make up the seven runner field for the feature event.
Ger Lyons took the Fishery Lane Race last term with Cappella Sansevero and he will hope to take it again with Argentero, a winner of a maiden over course and distance on debut.
Waterloo Bridge finished down the field behind Mimicking on debut at the Curragh and he will hope to put in a better performance here for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien. And a market check should be taken on Jim Bolger newcomer, Round Two, who will carry the Godolphin colours.
The Woodlands Club 100 Handicap has thrown up some decent winners in the past and Kevin Prendergast’s Penny Pepper could be added to that list today.
The Fast Company filly only joined Prendergast’s yard this season and made a winning Irish debut in a six furlong Curragh maiden. She looked a smart filly on that occasion and there could be more to come from Chris Hayes’ mount.
The Happy Prince, second at Dundalk last time, tops the weights and handled soft ground on his maiden win while Ohh Lala and Sexy Legs look the other ones with live chances.
The Apprentice Handicap will show case some of the best young riders in Ireland and Robbie Downey has picked up a nice ride on recent Sligo winner, Vasoni who could make winning a habit.
And, Chinese Light might be able to put her disappointing Navan run behind her and can take the concluding maiden for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.
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