Today’s Action: Marsali to give Weld a pre Galway win
JOCKEY CLUB OF TURKEY SILVER FLASH STAKES (Fillies) (Group 3) (2yo)
The Dermot Weld team are currently getting ready for another big bash at Galway next week but they may be able to practice their celebrations with MARSALI in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown this evening. Marsali, a filly by More Than Ready, could not have been more impressive when scoring on debut at Fairyhouse, particularly that she had to do so from a very bad draw.
In a performance that was well above her experience level, she travelled beautifully throughout under Pat Smullen, taking control of the race over a furlong out and quickly putting it to bed with the minimum of fuss. She looks above average to say the least and although she lines up against some other potentially high class fillies here, she can score again, especially now stepped up in trip.
As stated, she does line up against some very talented looking rivals and Aidan O’Brien, a winner of four of the last five renewals of this race, is responsible for three of the eight runner field. Joseph has made the choice to ride the once raced Cocoon, which is telling and she should come on bundles for her decent debut effort behind stablemate Words at the Curragh, a race that has worked out very well.
Mick Halford’s Raydara was also involved in that Curragh maiden, finishing a gallant runner-up, before going on the shake her maiden tag over course and distance just a week ago. She has strong claims again here and may prove the biggest danger to the selection, especially if afforded a soft lead which is very possible.
Jack Naylor and Agnes Stewart are respected having both won maidens last time, particularly the latter who was impressive in scoring at Fairyhouse on debut.
By Kevin Walsh 24/7/14
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