1.37 Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden 5f 164yds
Pretty Persuasion is a hopeful choice. Her debut fourth at Listowel early last month represented a creditable effort and she didn’t seem to get home over 7f at Down Royal last time when beaten just under 6l into fifth by Goa Gajyhe, looking a possible winner approaching the furlong pole before weakening. Back over this trip, she can be rated a lively contender.
Polar Bear looks good enough to win a maiden on the basis of his third to Crispy Cat at Cork in April and his solid fourth to Apache Outlaw at Fairyhouse last month. He should be closely involved.
Blue News is another to consider after beginning his career with two solid runs, the more recent of which yielded a fifth to Papilio at the Curragh in May.
SELECTION: PRETTY PERSUASION
Next Best: Polar Bear
2.12 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden 5f 164yds
This could see Rainforce get off the mark at the third attempt. He progressed very nicely from a respectable debut eighth behind Papilio at the Curragh to take third in a Fairyhouse maiden won by Apache Outlaw a month ago.
There is surely more to come from him and he can deal with the 83-rated Kodi Red who wasn’t disgraced when fourth in a Tipperary listed race won by Wodao last week. He will find this a vastly easier assignment.
Palace Gardens finished in front of the selection when second to Apache Outlaw at Fairyhouse but has to bounce back from a below par showing at Roscommon.
Next Best: Kodi Red
2.47 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden 5f
Studio City looks the obvious choice here. He began his career with a fourth to Open Market in a Cork maiden just under two months ago and he looked to progress nicely from that effort to then chase home Wodao in a maiden over this course and distance.
That form puts him on a different footing to these rivals and he can deal with Hilltop Gold who ran well to be beaten 1½l into second by Charming Lady in a Bellewstown maiden last week.
SELECTION: STUDIO CITY
Next Best: Hilltop Gold
3.22 Navan Adventure Centre Handicap 5f
Amazing Emma can repeat last year’s success in this race. The four-year-old has run many of her best races at this track and her efforts here this term include a couple of runner-up finishes behind Curraheen Princess.
Amazing Emma was beaten by less than 1l in both of those meetings and is now 11lbs better off than when they first met which should tip the scales in her favour.
Curraheen Princess is on quite a roll having won five of her last eight starts. She showed that she remains competitive off her ever-increasing mark when second to Sister Rosetta at Down Royal last month and she must be thereabouts once more.
SELECTION: AMAZING EMMA
Next Best: Curraheen Princess
3.57 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race 1m 2f
The trip might be shorter than ideal but this track should play to Fumata’s strengths and he might be the one to side with.
He progressed from a respectable debut fourth behind Stone Age at this track to win a 1m 4f maiden at Leopardstown two months ago.
This race will demand a good deal more, but he looks like a colt who should progress well through the second half of the season.
Sussex boasts the highest rating in the field with a mark of 102. He is dropping down in trip after contesting the Curragh Cup last time, a race in which he ran a respectable fourth, but he should be quite at home over this distance as he had previously run two respectable races at 1m 2f.
Shajak is capable of much better than he showed in the Ulster Derby last time and it wouldn’t come as any surprise to see him involved if he bounced back to form.
Next Best: Sussex
4.32 Treo Eile Retraining Racehorses Apprentice Handicap 1m 2f
Supagirl can add to the course and distance success she recorded in March.
She has since won a handicap at Leopardstown and she ran well to finish fourth in a three-year-old premier handicap at this track in late May before having to settle for seventh in the Ulster Oaks last time.
She is dropping down in class for this assignment and can make that count.
Prime Chief is a likely contender. He has won twice at this trip and might improve plenty from his comeback behind Fennor Cross at Down Royal last month which was his first run since October.
Next Best: Prime Chief
5.07 Pat Smullen Coast To Curragh Charity Cycle On August 27th Handicap (47-65) 1m 2f
It is hard to know how Arriba’s form from Germany will translate to this level of competition in Ireland, but this four-year-old warrants maximum respect on his debut for Willie Mullins and it wouldn’t come as any surprise if he were to prevail.
He seemed a consistent-enough type in Germany and amassed a series of placed efforts last year between 1m and an extended 1m 1f.
His biggest threat could come from Santono Chevalier who has been running to quite a respectable standard this season with his latest effort yielding a third to Imposing Supreme at Ballinrobe last month.
Next Best: Santono Chevalier