1.55 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden 6f 60yds
Congo River should find this race within his reach. He was beaten half a length on his debut at the Curragh two weeks ago when he ran a race of considerable promise to chase home Helsing. That effort would suggest that this son of freshman Mendelssohn will have no trouble making his mark in a maiden and he looks to have been found an excellent opportunity.
McCauley’s Tavern should again give him plenty to do. He also contested that Curragh race and he finished just a neck behind the Ballydoyle colt. That was his third outing though and the benefit of Congo River’s initial experience earns him the vote.
SELECTION: CONGO RIVER
Next best: McCauley’s Tavern
2.30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden 6f 60yds
A rating of 80 would point to Esculenta’s capacity to make her mark in a maiden and she is put forward to strike for a yard in fine form. She wasn’t at her best in a Curragh handicap last time but raced a shade keenly early on and didn’t give her true showing.
Her previous second to Toy in a Cork maiden is a good effort as is her third to Tuesday at Naas earlier in the season. She can bounce back to form from a low draw.
Are We Dreaming ran a nice race on her debut to finish third to Ezine in a Naas maiden a month ago and appeals as being able to mount a strong challenge.
Next best: Are We Dreaming
3.05 Croom House Stud Handicap (50-85) 7f
Sceolan struggled to make an impression as a juvenile but her comeback fourth in a quite reasonable six-furlong fillies’ handicap at the Curragh two weeks ago was a good effort. She was only beaten by a length and a half on that occasion and should be all the better for that comeback run, while it was also her first outing in a handicap.
National Gallery has to contend with a stall nine draw but he boasts strong form after finishing a three-quarter-length second to Fiach McHugh in a decent seven-furlong handicap at the Curragh last month. In what looks a smart race for the grade the Killarney winner Silken Ladder, the Curragh maiden winner Navagio and Bantry (also declared today) are all worth consideration.
Next best: National Gallery
3.40 Lane Family Memorial Handicap 2m 40yds
A reappearance success in a Killarney handicap over this trip last month represented a fine effort from Monty’s Way. He is now 8lbs higher in the weights but this lightly raced four-year-old can do better still and another victory can come his way here.
Buckman Tavern comes here off a good third to Magnetic North in a one-mile–five-furlong handicap at Navan and he should be closely involved. Artistic Choice lines up off a couple of decent maiden runs which include a second to Changingoftheguard at Dundalk. The trip is an unknown but a substantial weight-for-age allowance makes him a formidable contender.
SELECTION: MONTY’S WAY
Next best: Buckman Tavern
4.10 Return Of The Revival Festival (C&G) Maiden 1m
Hotrocket can make a winning reappearance having shaped with plenty of promise on his only outing last year. On that occasion he contested a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown which was won by the subsequent Dee Stakes scorer Star Of India and was beaten by just under four lengths into fourth.
That showing indicates a maiden success should be within his reach and he is preferred to the 72-rated Elmos Fire. The latter ran a fine race in a reasonable Killarney handicap last month when finishing second to Silk Ladder. He can progress further.
Next best: Elmos Fire
4.40 Betty McGrath Memorial Handicap (47-65) 1m
A chance is taken on the well-drawn Kaswarah. Her last run was a respectable and saw her finish sixth to Golden Days in a seven-furlong handicap at Cork but her penultimate outing at Dundalk yielded a second to Macadam’s Rock and if she can repeat that showing she might succeed.
Miracles In May is another well-drawn runner. She has struggled in a couple of Gowran handicaps lately but had previously posted a couple of runner-up finishes at Dundalk during the winter which bodes well for this level.
Next best: Miracles In May
5.10 St Johns Theatre Listowel QR Race 1m 4f 210yds
Dance Jupiter’s stamina over this trip is an unknown but he is a capable sort with decent form at up to 10 furlongs. His comeback run at Cork over Easter was quite encouraging as he was beaten less than three lengths into sixth by Tip Of The Spear in what was quite a useful contest. If he can translate that form to this trip he can deal with Barbados.
The latter is a course winner and should find this a good deal easier than the Gowran Park conditions race won by Wordsworth earlier in the season. He finished second in a charity race at Punchestown on his most recent appearance.
SELECTION: DANCE JUPITER
Next best: Barbados