2.00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden 5f 164yds
Midnight Toker can make his previous experience count. He contested the first two-year-old maiden of the season at the Curragh and posted a pleasing effort to be beaten less than ½l into third by Ocean Quest.
He can be expected to learn plenty and progress as a result of that outing and the benefit of that initial run could see him deal with Aesop’s Fables.
The latter is a No Nay Never half-brother to several winners including the high class juvenile and sprinter Washington DC.
SELECTION: MIDNIGHT TOKER
Next Best: Aesop’s Fables
2.35 Kilberry Apprentice Handicap (Div I) 5f 164yds
A pleasing return to action at the Curragh earlier this month points to Missemma as a strong candidate.
She struggled to make an impact last season but her fourth to Cailin Cliste at the Curragh two weeks ago is a good run. She was only beaten 1½l on that occasion and should be all the better for her first run since October.
Rough Diamond is interesting despite having to carry top-weight. He ran quite well in the Scurry Handicap last summer when finishing sixth and he has dropped 10lbs in the weights since this time last year.
He has been contesting better races than this and should be able to make his presence felt.
Next Best: Rough Diamond
3.10 Kilberry Apprentice Handicap (Div II) 5f 164yds
Stanhope is a hopeful choice as he goes in search of a first win in almost two years. He has dropped 24lbs in the weights since his last success, which came at this track, and he hails from a yard in great shape.
Furthermore, his third to Curraheen Princess in a sprint handicap at the Curragh last October on his penultimate start would point to his capacity to win more races.
A likely danger is Markievicz. She has several runs that would give her every chance and her latest third to Cailin Cliste at the Curragh represents a strong piece of recent form. It is possible she might appreciate more of an ease in the ground.
Next Best: Markievicz
3.41 Committed Stakes (Listed) 5f 164yds
This looks a good opportunity for Straight Answer to make it three wins from four starts. He looked a smart sort when making a winning debut in a Curragh maiden last August and he confirmed that impression when bolting up in the Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse a month later.
He ended his season by finishing at the rear of the field in the Dewhurst but is capable of much better than that and should take beating here now that he drops back to sprint distances.
Red Lacewing turned in a nice effort at Cork on her comeback when second to Drombeg Banner.
She is slightly better off at the weights with that horse and can improve sufficiently from her comeback to challenge for a place in the frame.
The Norfolk Stakes fourth Cadamosto looks the pick of the three Ballydoyle runners with Ryan Moore on board. However, he hasn’t run since an unplaced effort in the Railway Stakes in June.
SELECTION: STRAIGHT ANSWER
Next Best: Red Lacewing
4.15 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes (Listed) 1m 2f
Tranquil Lady is a promising type who should be more than capable of making her mark at this level and this half-sister to State Of Rest appeals as one that should progress well from two to three.
Last season she followed a respectable debut run with a Galway maiden success and she ended her season with an excellent second in the Silken Glider Stakes where she was beaten just over 1l by the exciting Limiti Di Greccio.
This race has attracted a couple of Group 3 winners and the pick of them could be the Weld Park Stakes heroine Concert Hall who ended her juvenile season with a sixth in the Fillies’ Mile.
That run gives her an edge over Magical Lagoon who was seventh in the same Newmarket race.
Cairde Go Deo didn’t give her running in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last September having previously looked a potentially top-drawer filly in the Loder Race. She warrants due consideration.
SELECTION: TRANQUIL LADY
Next Best: Concert Hall
4.46 Vintage Crop Stakes (Listed) 1m 6f
This looks an excellent opportunity for Search For A Song to begin her latest campaign with a win.
The dual Irish St Leger heroine ended her 2021 season with a solid fourth in the Prix Royal-Oak having previously won a 2m Group 3 at the Curragh by just under 10l.
She is a top-notch stayer at her best and sets an exacting standard for her rivals.
The biggest danger could come from her full-brother Kyprios. He has been absent since the Lingfield Derby Trial after he won a Cork maiden but was well regarded last year and has been spoken of as a possible Ascot Gold Cup contender for this season by his trainer Aidan O’Brien
SELECTION: SEARCH FOR A SONG
Next Best: Kyprios
5.21 Donaghmore Handicap 1m 5f
Scott Lang has to contend with a wide draw but might well have more to give in this sphere.
He was wearing first-time cheekpieces when winning a handicap over this course and distance last month where he defeated Derrinlaur (now visored for the first time and 6lbs better) by 1½l.
Off an 8lbs higher mark he will have to progress again, but he appeal as being capable of improving further.
Rich Belief was sixth in that Navan race but that was his first run since October and he has since won over hurdles. He could be dangerous on his return to the flat.
SELECTION: SCOTT LANG
Next Best: Rich Belief
5.55 Racing Next On Saturday May 14th Maiden 1m 5f
Active Duty was beaten 9l into second by Stone Age on his debut here last month, but there was plenty to like about the performance.
That run can be expected to have brought him forward and the step up to this longer trip should also work in his favour.
He looks too strong for Newfoundland who should sharpen up plenty from his debut sixth to Boundless Ocean at Leopardstown earlier in the month.
SELECTION: ACTIVE DUTY
Next Best: Newfoundland