Canto Della Terra

(Ado McGuinness)

Fairyhouse, June 7th

Canto Della Terra is Ado McGuinness’ only entry in the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes, and the €48,000 yearling from Tally-Ho Stud made a bright start to her career when just touched off in a six-furlong maiden at Fairyhouse last week.

This looked a decent juvenile maiden, with the Ballydoyle winner a Wootton Bassett newcomer out of a classic-placed mare, while the third had previously won a barrier trial and the fourth was a 115,000gns breeze-up buy.

The winner got first run on Canto Della Terra to an extent but it was promising to see this Kodiac filly dig in so well and finish out strongly to be beaten just a head in second. She looks useful and winning a maiden shouldn’t be a problem.

Light Fandango

(Colm Murphy)

Punchestown, June 8th

Colm Murphy has got on the scoresheet with a couple of promising bumper winners in the past fortnight, and Light Fandango is beginning to shape up into another likely future winner this summer for the stable.

It can be best to treat maiden hurdles at this time of year with a little caution as many of these races lack depth, but there was encouragement to be taken from what this unexposed five-year-old showed when beaten 15 and three quarters of a length in third by Gaucher at Punchestown last Saturday.

It was his second decent showing in succession and natural progress, as well as a return to slightly further, should get him closer to the mark in another weak summer contest.

Base Of Fire

(Richard O’Brien)

Punchestown, June 8th

The concluding bumper at Punchestown last Saturday has been an informative contest in recent years, won by the likes of City Island, Grangeclare West and Marine Nationale since 2018.

Jonathan Sweeney continued his red-hot bumper run when sending out Fatal Flaw to land this year’s edition, though runner-up Base Of Fire remains one to bear in mind this summer for Richard O’Brien, who appears to have his string in a good place too. A promising fourth on much slower ground at the Navan Racing Festival last November, he confirmed that he is capable of dealing with a sounder surface with this showing after a 203-day absence. The winner made all and the third tracked him throughout, so it was a sound effort from the runner-up from further back in the circumstances, for all that he could have hit the line a litlle stronger.

Rebel Diamond

(Natalia Lupini)

Navan, June 8th

There was a definite step in the right direction from Natalia Lupini’s Rebel Diamond when fourth in a competitive 16-runner juvenile maiden over the minimum distance at Navan last Saturday.

Having been beaten eight and a half lengths on slower ground when mid-field at the Curragh on debut, he looked comfortable on this quicker surface and could have more to come.

Further improvement is required to win a maiden but it will be interesting to watch how his next run unfolds with a view to potentially being of interest in an early-season nursery.

Streets Of Doyen

(John McConnell)

Roscommon, June 10th

As a 10-year-old, it would be unrealistic to think that Streets Of Doyen’s best days are in front of him but there were signs of promise for his immediate future when fourth in the Tote Connacht National Handicap Chase at Roscommon on Monday.

After the front-running winner Paidi’s Passion stole a march on the field, it was always going to be a difficult task for those further back to claw back the deficit on decent ground. However, Streets Of Doyen did stick to his task well and managed to get within five and a half lengths of the winner, and half a length off being second. As a former Kilbeggan winner, he’s worth giving a second look to in next month’s Midlands National at that venue.