1.20 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden 7f 180y

Fast Tara showed enough on two starts last season to suggest she is capable of taking this maiden. Johnny Murtagh’s filly was sixth in a useful looking maiden won by Bold Discovery at Naas on debut and improved then when a closer third to Malleymoo at Dundalk, where she had Love Mocha, who opposes again today, behind her in fourth.

Love Mocha was making her debut at Dundalk and ran creditably. She should go well again. Of the newcomers, Hutton Glen catches the eye as a daughter of Lagostovegas, a smart stayer on the flat for Willie Mullins.


Next best: Love Mocha

1.55 INPBA On Track Bookmakers Handicap 7f 180y

Master Garvey has plenty going for him. He failed to land a significant blow in three handicaps last season but put up a career best on his seasonal debut at Naas last Sunday, finishing third to Senado Square on a similar surface to what he will encounter today. Off the back of that effort and with the benefit of fitness, he looks sure to go well off an unchanged mark of 63.

Rhythm King gets the second vote. He showed good form to win at Gowran last October and didn’t disgrace himself on his next two starts. This contest looks a lot easier for him now.


Next best: Rhythm King

2.30 Lougher Stables Handicap (47-70) 7f 180y

A tentative vote goes to James Henry. He was second in a claimer over this course and distance in September, and that was a fair effort at the weights on the day. It also backed up his run to fill the same position at Dundalk previously. He ran reasonably well on his seasonal debut last season so he should be okay on that front and has scope to improve further on his first start for Denis Hogan.

In a difficult contest to decipher, the unexposed Ten To Ten shouldn’t be discounted. He only has three runs to his name but his most recent one was easily his best effort - fifth in a Dundalk maiden in February. He can use his race fitness to advantage.


Next best: Ten To Ten

3.05 His Majesty’s Cup Rated Raced 5f

The key piece of form for this contest could well be Escaping Thejungle’s four-length win from Polar Bear over this course and distance last September. Plenty will fancy Eugene Delany’s filly to confirm form today but it is significant that Polar Bear gets a 9lb swing at the weights and that sways the vote. His overall body of form from last season looks stronger and he also ran well on his debut this time last year, so race fitness isn’t a huge concern.

The most unexposed runner in the field is Lovejoy, who only has two starts but there was plenty to like about the way she won first time out on soft ground at Navan.


Next best: Lovejoy

3.40 Bright Software Handicap 5f

Tawaazon makes a quick reappearance after just failing to land a hat-trick at Navan on Wednesday. He bumped into Seeingisbelieving, who was officially 4lbs well in on the day, so it was a fair effort to chase him so close. Previously to that he’s shown he is in the form of his life with back to back wins at Dundalk.

Iva Batt could be nicely treated on his debut for Ado McGuinness. His form tailed off for Joseph Murphy last season but he has been given plenty of respite from the handicapper as a result and may be a different proposition now for his new stable. His mark of 69 is 14lbs lower than his career high. That’s Mad is another to consider off a potentially lenient mark of 72. He hasn’t run since this time last year when he disappointed but two of his four wins have come at this course.


Next best: Iva Batt

4.15 awardsandgifts.ie Handicap 47-65 1m 6f 70y

Theonedreamof makes plenty of appeal. Gavin Cromwell’s filly has been in good form once finding her level over hurdles, winning a handicap contest at Punchestown in January and then unlucky in the run when fourth to Port Rashid at Thurles. She looks to be improving, and this seemed to be the case when she was last seen on the flat, winning once and finishing fourth on her three previous runs in this sphere. A mark of 61 looks attractive for her.

Dollar Value catches the eye at this grade on the flat given the level he has reached over hurdles and fences though the ground and long lay off is a worry. Rock On Pedro might be worth chancing. He won off a 4lb lower mark at this course last season and has run respectably over hurdles since.


Next best: Rock On Pedro

4.50 Compas Stallions Maiden 1m 4f

Star Kissed looks a cut above her rivals based on her first two starts. The Ger Lyons-trained filly was only beaten a head on both of her starts, most recently at Killarney in October when she found the useful Hotter Than Hades just too good. A replication of that level will very likely be enough to see her get off the mark.

Teargarden Jazz might give her most to do. She has been running respectably in juvenile maiden hurdles during the winter and may well be better than a rating of 70 suggests back on the flat now.


Next best: Teargarden Jazz