1.40 Barberstown Castle Irish EBF Fillies Maiden 7f

There are a few notable newcomers to which the market will provide a good guide, but they may have to be very good to beat Unless first time up.

She was spoke about as if defeat was out of the question on her debut, and while she disappointed in her attempt to land prohibitive odds, she ought to have learned plenty, and the market confidence suggests she has been doing the right things at home. By Justify, she is the first daughter out of Clemmie, who won the Cheveley Park as a juvenile and is a sister to Churchill.

You always have to respect Paddy Twomey juveniles and his Shelton looks the most notable of the newcomers. A daughter of Mehmas out of an American mare, it won’t be a surprise if she goes well.


Next best: Shelton

2.10 Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) 7f

Order Of Australia is following a similar route to last season except on this occasion he ran to a better standard in the Queen Anne - third to Baaeed - so could well be in better shape coming back here to defend his title. Seven furlongs on quick ground is probably his optimum conditions and he should be able to concede weight all around.

Pearls Galore is a likeable filly, with placed Group 1 form, so she should go well, but Dr Zempf may give the favourite most to do. He looked more at home back at seven furlongs when comfortably taking care of stablemate Straight Answer in the Group 3 Ballycorus at Leopardstown. He has scope to improve further now.


Next best: Dr Zempf

2.45 AK Bets “Better Prices Than The Corporates” Handicap 1m2f

Kerkiyra can build on a promising comeback run when third in a Naas maiden. That run may have been viewed as slightly disappointing at the time considering she was favourite but the race has subsequently worked out very well with the winner Galleria Borghese scoring at listed level. In fact, a lot of Kerkiyra’s maiden form has worked out well - she was fifth to Concert Hall in the maiden on this card last season and then went on to chase home the likes of Limiti Di Greccio and Villanova Queen. She could be nicely treated off a mark of 86 tomorrow.

Amortentia has some notable form also, having beaten Cowboy Justice, who was a winner at Killarney this week, at Naas, before running respectably when 11th in the ultra competitive Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot. She travelled well into that race but just didn’t see it out as you’d hoped she would have. The step up in trip and first-time cheekpieces today make her an interesting proposition.


Next best: Amortentia

3.20 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap 1m

This could well be fought out by the three-year-olds Miss Mirabell and Ha Ha Ha, with preference for the former. Johnny Murtagh’s filly impressed in her five-length maiden win at Gowran Park but she stepped forward again when third in a fillies’ handicap over this course and distance on Guineas weekend.

She pulled clear with the front three that day and the race has worked out well. She has the scope to come forward again.

So does Ha Ha Ha, who arrives on a hat-trick following a maiden win at Listowel and then a handicap debut win off a mark of 81 at Leopardstown. She got 7lbs for that success but this is just her fifth start and there should be more to come for an in-form Jessica Harrington team. Eastern Wind was fifth to Fastnet Crown in a competitive mile handicap here on Irish Derby weekend and should go well again.


Next best: Ha Ha Ha

3.55 Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) 1m1f

The consistent Seisai can get her head in front in this Group 2. She hasn’t won in four starts this season but arguably comes into this off a career best when she was a closing second to Galleria Borghese, who opposes again today, in a listed contest at Naas. She had a troubled passage there but once she got in the clear, she ran on strongly and had to be rated unlucky. This trip and ground should suit her well.

Purplepay and the older Rumbles Of Thunder deserve respect, but both may need the ground a little softer than it’s likely to be, in particular the former, who has produced all her best runs on soft ground in France. Sierra Nevada, another three-year-old, is taking a big step up in class, but she won her maiden at Gowran Park as she liked last time out and is open to further improvement.


Next best: Sierra Nevada

4.30 Aquaturf Maiden 1m4f

Over The Rainbow ran to a decent standard in her maiden when second to Fennela and she can get off the mark now. Her conqueror there was seen good enough to take her chance in the Irish Oaks yesterday and the third horse Zaniyka had some nice form in the book.

By Dubawi, she is the first produce of her dam Seventh Heaven to make the track, and that mare was a multiple Group 1 winner at this distance.

Nusret is an obvious threat. She has been knocking on the door and went very close to a win at Limerick last time where she did everything right and just got nabbed on the line. She can put her experience to good use and it will be a surprise if she isn’t involved again.


Next best: Nusret

5.00 Finlay Volvo Handicap 5f

Only Spoofing is in good form of late and he might be able to gain another win.

Kevin Coleman’s eight-year-old has prospered since a win at his old stomping ground Navan, finishing third and then first over two days at Musselburgh. He found a premier handicap over this course and distance a little more tough on his latest start, but he still ran with credit behind Ano Syra, and this race looks a softer contest.

Are We Dreaming is probably the most obvious contender. She has only run four times, placing on each occasion and comes into this off a win at Bellewstown. A mark of 72 looks fair for her.


Next best: Are We Dreaming

5.30 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series 1m4f

Best of luck to all involved in the first leg of this series. A tentative vote goes to Duffle Coat, who has a rating of 140 over hurdles and has run well on the flat before, having finished second over this distance in a Roscommon maiden. His trainer Gordon Elliott has a good record in these types of races.

Favourite Moon has to be considered as well. Formerly with William Haggas, he is now with Bill Durkan and has a rating of 100.


Next best: Favourite Moon