Timeform Shortlist: Leopardstown, Thursday 9 August

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"... the level she achieved when landing a brace of Group 3 contests to end 2017 marks her out as the one to beat on these terms."

Timeform on Eziyra

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5.20 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden 6f

Timeform Top Rated
97 9. NATIONAL GUARD Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
95p 10. BURMESE WALTZ G. M. Lyons C. T. Keane
85p 13. WOODY CREEK J. A. Stack C. D. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
Woody Creek made an eye-catching debut at the Curragh and needs taking seriously. Burmese Waltz also made a promising start in the same maiden, while National Guard sets the standard and may benefit from headgear.

5.55 Fitzers Catering Handicap 6f

Timeform Top Rated
102 6. T FOR TANGO Richard John O'Brien William James Lee
97 5. GOTTARDO J. A. Stack M. P. O'Connor (10)
95 3. BETSEY TROTTER D. K. Weld Declan McDonogh

Analyst's Verdict:
T For Tango shaped encouragingly when sixth in a big field on debut for this yard at the Curragh on Monday and is of interest off the same mark. Betsey Trotter was a good second on handicap debut here and is feared most.

6.30 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden 1¼m

Timeform Top Rated
91 6. NATIONAL WEALTH Joseph Patrick O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
81 5. LEADERBOARD Charles O'Brien William James Lee
77 4. FEARAUN Mrs J. Harrington C. O'Donoghue

Analyst's Verdict:
National Wealth brings some fairly useful form to the table and will likely take a bit of stopping unless the Dermot Weld newcomer Centroid turns out to be above average.

7.00 Smokie Handicap 1m

Timeform Top Rated
83 10. PEDISNAP Joseph Patrick O'Brien S. M. Crosse (7)
82 22. TIME STANDS STILL W. J. Martin Reserve
82 5. BEAU SATCHEL Adrian McGuinness C. T. Keane

Analyst's Verdict:
Pedisnap is enjoying a productive first campaign with Joseph O'Brien and might be capable of notching another win with Shane Crosse taking a handy 7 lb off. Wavepoint was a ready winner on AW at Wolverhampton recently and will be a major threat if he can reproduce that form back on turf, while the selection's stablemate Perfect Tapatino is a probable improver now handicapping for the first time.

7.35 Grant Thornton Rated 7f25y

Timeform Top Rated
102 2. SIRJACK THOMAS John Patrick Murtagh C. T. Keane
100 4. MR ORMSBY Ms Sheila Lavery G. M. Ryan (7)
99 3. ICE COLD IN ALEX K. J. Condon N. G. McCullagh

Analyst's Verdict:
Sirjack Thomas produced a useful effort when striking at the second time of asking for his current stable at Sligo in June and is taken to go in again but a case can be made for all of the others in a tight heat, with Mr Ormsby and Ice Cold In Alex perhaps the pair to give him most to do.

8.05 Grenke Finance Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3) 1½m

Timeform Top Rated
122 3. EZIYRA D. K. Weld Declan McDonogh
119 2. STELLAR MASS J. S. Bolger R. P. Whelan
117 1. YUCATAN Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien

Analyst's Verdict:
Little between the quartet, and though Eziyra lacks a run, she represents a top yard and the level she achieved when landing a brace of Group 3 contests to end 2017 marks her out as the one to beat on these terms. Yucatan and Stellar Mass will certianly give her plenty to think about, though.

8.35 Manguard Plus Handicap 1m7f

Timeform Top Rated
101 8. SMALL BIT OF LOVE W. P. Mullins C. T. Keane
100+ 4. GRAND PARTNER Thomas Mullins William James Lee
99+ 11. CASSELLS ROCK A. J. Martin C. D. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
Small Bit of Love responded well to a tongue strap when off the mark at Ballinrobe last time and can follow up. Persian Lion is the potential improver on handicap bow and is feared most ahead of Tarazani, who made a winning return to this sphere here 4 weeks ago.

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