It's a busy Saturday for Joseph O'Brien with a bumper batch of runners in action at Dundalk and Tramore as well as one in France...
"A lovely well-bred colt that won a barrier trial over this course and distance earlier this month."
Should run well in strong race
Crossfirehurricane lost his unbeaten record in the Irish Derby last time, but it is a run we are prepared to excuse. He faced the uphill battle from a bad draw anyway, but he didn't seem to stay the trip on the day. The drop to this shorter trip should help and while this is a strong race, we are hopeful he'll run well.
Looking to kick on from an excellent run
>12:55 - Dense Star
Dense Star brings an official rating of 94 to the table after her excellent run when fourth in a Listed race at Naas a couple of weeks ago. She was even a bit better than the bare result that day, as she got checked over a furlong out. You'd hope that sort of form will be more than good enough to win a maiden, but Irish maidens are so competitive that a stakes horse is never too far away. Hopefully she'll get the job done.
AA should enjoy move to AW
13:55 - Alligator Alley and Never Before
Alligator Alley was a smart juvenile last season and showed that he has trained on well by finishing a good second in a Listed race at Naas last month. This will be his first time to run on an all-weather surface, but I think it will suit him. He'll have to prove that he is just as good over six furlongs as he is over five furlongs, but I think he'll be fine over it.
Never Before has been a little bit disappointing on turf this season, but hopefully the return to the all-weather will bring about a revival in him, as he seemed to really enjoy the surface during the winter season.
Two for the future
14:30 - Boyne River and Sense Of Style
Boyne River is a daughter of Kingman from the family of Danehill Dancer. She has been going quite well at home and we are looking forward to getting her started. We'll be hoping that she will make a promising start with a view to the future.
Sense Of Style raced greenly on debut, but was getting the hang of things in the final furlong. I'd be hopeful that she will improve quite a bit from that run and can hopefully be up to being good and competitive in this.
Third time lucky?
15:05 - Cavell
Cavell has been a bit disappointing in two runs this season and will need to return to her best to go close here.
King of the Castle?
15:40 - Bluebeard's Castle
Bluebeard's Castle is a lovely well-bred colt that won a barrier trial over this course and distance earlier this month. We were really happy with him there and that experience around the track will serve him well. While he has a wide draw, I'd be hopeful he'll run well.
Winner Takes Itall will enjoy this surface
16:15 - Winner Takes Itall and Verimli
Winner Takes Itall is a horse we've always liked and he has been progressing well on the Flat of late. I was very happy with his handicap debut in a competitive race at the Curragh last time, as he was held up off a steady pace and never really had a chance to get to the leaders. There should be more to come from him in a more truly-run race and he should enjoy this surface.
Verimli has been a shade disappointing in his two starts to date, but he has had excuses for both runs. He has always shown plenty of pace in his work, which is why we are trying this shorter trip. He works like a smart horse and hopefully he'll starting showing that on the track sooner rather than later.
Could go close
16:40 - Lady Dahlia
Lady Dahlia made a promising debut behind our subsequent Listed race winner Pista in a maiden at Galway earlier this month, coming home quite well after missing the kick. She should improve from that and hopefully she'll go close.
Ready for the step up
17:10 - Scholastic
Scholastic won at Limerick last month and seemed to be undone by a poor draw at Leopardstown last time. She looks ready for a longer trip and while this is a big step up, she settles well enough to give herself a good chance of getting it. Her dam stayed a mile-and-three-quarters.
Should benefit from extra distance
17:45 - Baron Samedi
Baron Samedi shapes like one that will stay this sort of trip and I'd be hopeful he can find some improvement over middle distances. This track may not be ideal for him, but hopefully the extra distance will be a help to him.
In a good place and capable of continuing his resurgence
18:45 - Tonkinese
Tonkinese has his own ideas about the game, but we have him in a good place at the minute and he has won two of his last three starts. Dylan gets on very well with him and I think this quirky track will suit him. He proved his stamina for this sort of trip last time and can hopefully continue his resurgence up the ratings.