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2.00 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden 5f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
93p 10. SOFFIA Edward Lynam W. M. Lordan
87 1. KRISPEN Timothy Doyle R. P. Whelan
77p 3. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIP Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien

Analyst's Verdict:
Royal Navy Warship has a long way to go before he lives up to his excellent pedigree, but he wouldn't be the first son of War Front to take a marked step forward for the fitting of blinkers, so it's worth taking a chance he can improve past Soffia, who arrives on the back of a really pleasing debut. Krispen can chase them home in third.


2.35 Legacy Stakes (Listed) 5f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
113 2. BROTHER BEAR Mrs J. Harrington Shane Foley
111 1. BRICK BY BRICK Mrs J. Harrington C. D. Hayes
111 10. GOLDEN SPELL John Patrick Murtagh N. G. McCullagh

Analyst's Verdict:
Brother Bear ran no sort of race in a Group 1 at the Curragh last time but this is a big drop in class and can bounce back in first-time headgear. Brick By Brick is feared most ahead of Gobi Desert.


3.05 Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Listed) 5f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
126 9. SON OF REST J. A. Stack C. D. Hayes
125 4. ARDHOOMEY G. M. Lyons C. T. Keane
124 10. ALPHABET Aidan O'Brien W. M. Lordan

Analyst's Verdict:
Son of Rest wasn't beaten far in a Group 2 at the Curragh 4 weeks ago and this extended 5f should be ideal dropping back in grade. Ardhoomey and Cougar Mountain are others to consider.


3.40 Royal County Handicap 5f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
77 16. FREE TO ROAM Adrian McGuinness C. T. Keane
76 11. CALM BAY Harry Rogers C. D. Hayes
76 12. CATWILLDO Garvan Donnelly K. J. Manning

Analyst's Verdict:
Breezolini, having got off the mark for this stable at Hamilton in September, probably found the race coming too soon the following week, so she's worth another chance to show she's as good as ever in a race that should be run to suit her come-from-behind style. Free To Roam has been knocking on the door of late, so she warrants respect along with Doonard Prince dropping back in grade.


4.10 navanracecourse.ie Handicap 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
98 3. ICE COLD IN ALEX K. J. Condon Shane Foley
98 7. ENTER THE RED Aidan Anthony Howard C. D. Hayes
97 10. A FEW DOLLARS MORE A. Slattery A. J. Slattery (10)

Analyst's Verdict:
Focus of Attention is the least exposed in the field and made a promising start to handicaps at Fairyhouse last time, so she's taken to reverse form with Bubbly Bellini from that day and get back to winning ways. Several others have a chance, most notably the in-form trio of Hushing, Ice Cold In Alex and Enter The Red.


4.45 Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
115 6. SIZZLING Aidan O'Brien W. M. Lordan
111 1. BALLET SHOES Aidan O'Brien P. B. Beggy
109p 2. BYE BYE BABY Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien

Analyst's Verdict:
Sizzling sets a clear standard dropping in grade and looks the one to beat. Her stablemates Bye Bye Baby and Ballet Shoes may provide the biggest threats.


5.15 Irish Cesarewitch (Premier Handicap) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
113p 26. GUSTAVUS VASSA W. P. Mullins C. D. Hayes
112 10. WESTERN BOY P. A. Fahy Fran Berry
110 15. MILES TO MEMPHIS Mrs Denise Foster William James Lee

Analyst's Verdict:
Plenty of reasons to recommend the lightly-raced Gustavus Vassa, who's potentially well handicapped on this pick of his form on his first outing for Willie Mullins. The progressive Abyssinian has to be high on the shortlist, while Lord Erskine makes each-way appeal at bigger odds.


5.45 New Troytown Bar Apprentice Handicap 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
90 8. SHAMAD D. K. Weld C. P. McNamara (7)
89 21. NIMITZ Charles O'Brien Reserve
89 3. KEEP BELIEVING Brian Nolan G. M. Ryan (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Keep Believing is in fine form and can keep his good run going with another success here. Bigger And Better could be interesting starting out for Tony Martin after a year off, while Try Again also merits respect.


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