It's a busy Sunday afternoon for Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien who has chances of victory at Leopardstown and Killarney. Read his exclusive views on them all
"This represents a drop in class, for all that it isn't a weak maiden hurdle by any means. One would hope that he'll be able to go very close."
Capable of much more than he's shown
Baldomero didn't help himself at all by getting upset in the stalls prior to his debut and I don't think he showed his true form that day. He is the type to do better as a three-year-old and it wouldn't be a surprise if he ran well.
Classy Raise You can compete here
Raise You seems to have benefited from being gelded and made a winning return to action in a handicap at the Curragh last time. This is obviously a much stronger race, but he has the class to be competitive in this sort of company. Any rain that falls will be a help to him and I'd be hopeful that he'll run well.
Numerian has been a shade disappointing in his two runs this season, but he seems to be on his way back and has the form in the book to be competitive at this level. This will be the shortest trip he has tackled for a couple of years, but he should be effective over it. Any rain will help him.
Snapraeterea hit the frame in a couple of stakes races last season, but was a bit disappointing on his return to action at Leopardstown. He takes on his elders here and it is a stiff task on paper. Any rain will help him, but it is tough to be confident in his chance.
Sense of Style can run a big race
Sense Of Style is a lovely filly that was short-headed in a Listed race at the Curragh last year and made a lovely return in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown last month. She had to contend with plenty of traffic to deliver her challenge that day and stepping up back to a mile will be a help to her. There should be improvement to come in fitness terms and I'd be hopeful that she'll run a big race.
My Generation was really good when breaking her maiden in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk in March, but got no luck whatsoever in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown last time. She ran up a complete dead end just over a furlong out and that was game over for her. She is much better than that form suggests and hopefully she'll get back on track here.
Thinking Of You was another of ours that didn't get much luck on her return to action in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan. Coming back to a mile should be fine for her and hopefully she can get back on track here.
Gorgeous horse has earned his chance
Southern Lights is a gorgeous horse that we've always had high hopes for. We really liked his performance when he won a maiden over this course and distance last month. He is a very laid-back character and he seemed to wake up as the race progressed. It was a really pleasing performance. This is obviously a huge step up in class for him, but he has earned the chance to be tested in a race like this and we can't wait to see how he measures up. He won't want too much rain.
Promising pair aiming to get back on track
Ubuntu picked up valuable black type when third in a Group 3 at the Curragh last year, but was a bit disappointing on her seasonal return at Gowran Park last month and didn't go into the stalls back at that track earlier this week. Rain would be a help to her and hopefully she can get back on track here.
Ulster Blackwater is a lovely filly. She went well in a barrier trial at Dundalk at the backend of last season, but had a setback after that that ruled her out of running last year. She has been working well in recent weeks and looks like a filly that should be well up to winning a maiden.
Hoping for improvement
Dunmain Power is bred to stay well and shaped well enough in the longest maidens that were available to him at Dundalk in November/December. The hope will be that he can find some improvement now that he gets the chance to run over middle distances, but he is entitled to need this run on his return to action too.
Trio heading in the right direction
Ruling was a bit slow to start on debut and just looked in need of further. He looks to have progressed since then and will enjoy the step up to this trip, so hopefully he'll run a good race.
Egyptian Rock missed the kick on debut and showed a little bit of promise. He'll need to improve a fair bit to get competitive, but I'd be hopeful that he'll take a good step in the right direction.
Celestial Horizon is a well-bred gelding and has shown ability at home, but we'll be expecting him to need the experience on his first run here.
Desir Du Large hasn't been the easiest to keep right, but we're getting a clear run with him of late and he has run well in his last two starts in Grade 2 novice hurdle company. This represents a drop in class, for all that it isn't a weak maiden hurdle by any means. One would hope that he'll be able to go very close.
Lunar Display picked up some black type in a Listed mares' novice hurdle at Navan last time. This is a tough ask for her on paper, but getting into the frame again would be a great result.
We'd be happy with improvement from this pair
Arthurian Fame won twice over hurdles last summer and is unexposed in handicap hurdles. Conditions should suit, he should improve from his recent return on the Flat and we are hopeful that he'll run well.
Cerberus has yet to make a significant impact in handicap hurdles and we are approaching this with more hope than confidence.
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