1.15 Fitz Agriplane Maiden 7f

It was an encouraging first run from the Joe Murphy-trained White Clover when fifth at the Curragh last time behind the potentially smart Zaynab, and she might be the value play here with progress likely. She wasn’t beaten all that far and will have learned a fair deal from that. She’s also got a nice starting position in stall two.

After a near miss on his Curragh debut in the same maiden, Igor Stravinsky should be capable of going one better before long but a bad draw in stall 15 makes life tougher.


Next best: Igor Stravinsky

1.50 Captain Dara Fitzpatrick

Memorial Maiden 1m 4f

The experience gained by Highbury when third on his debut over this trip at Cork last month won’t be lost on him. Connections have given the €650,000 Galileo yearling purchase plenty of time and natural improvement from that introduction makes him a big player.

Himalayan Heights finished a half length in front of Highbury last time, but had the advantage of a run over him heading into that maiden. He’s still going in the right direction. Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley supplied the winner of the same maiden, so it will be interesting to see how the market interprets their newcomer Final Entry.


Next best: Himalayan Heights

2.25 Al Shira’aa Racing

“Mutamakina” Stakes (Group 3) 1m

One Look gave the impression she could potentially be top class last season and it’s tough to get away from her here despite her lack of blacktype experience. It is a query, however, why connections have felt the need to fit her with a tongue-tie for the first time here. She also steps up to a mile for the first time.

Plenty of her rivals are open to improvement as they step out of maidens. That includes the Johnny Murtagh-trained Cheeky Wink, who was an eyecatcher here last season before winning nicely on her Gowran return. She looks useful. Buttons might also appreciate reverting to better ground after her Group 3 third on heavy here last month.


Next best: Cheeky Wink

3.00 Porsche In Support Of

Breast Cancer Ireland Amethyst Stakes (Group 3) 1m

A seriously trappy affair. Some of the leading players are having to face either a distance or ground that is not their optimum, while others are back from lengthy breaks. That might open the door for Real Appeal to show up well for Ado McGuinness, back at a track and trip where he has excelled in the past.

More is required from what he produced in his last success at Dundalk but he at least arrives here on the back of a relatively recent win and will thrive in the conditions.

Yosemite Valley has been in excellent nick for Donnacha O’Brien, though it is possible he might appreciate a bit more ease in the ground. The same could apply to the rock-solid Power Under Me. Knight To King is interesting back at a mile, while there can be improvement from the Jessica Harrington duo of Bold Discovery and Quar Shamar after being gelded.


Next best: Yosemite Valley

3.35 Cashel Palace Hotel Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f

Los Angeles will probably be tough to beat as a Group 1 winner out to make it three victories from three starts. The Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner, who got the better of Islandsinthestream on that occasion, sets the clear standard on ratings in this five-runner affair.

However, some of Aidan O’Brien’s runners have been shaping as though they’ll improve plenty for their seasonal reappearances and the ground will be quicker than he has encountered thus far.

Depending on how big a double-figure price he is (opening up at 14/1 in a place after declarations), Taraj could be worth considering in the betting-without market for Dermot Weld, and potentially a small look outright.

He isn’t short of gears and impressed when dropping in class to win at Dundalk in November. Decent ground won’t be a problem to him and if he can progress for stepping up to 10 furlongs, he may well outrun his odds.


Next best: Los Angeles

4.10 It’s Family Day At Leopardstown Fillies & Mares Maiden 1m 2f

There were certainly positives to take from Ob La Di’s debut fourth here last month behind Galileo Dame, and the Johnny Murtagh-trained filly is given preference to open her account. The daughter of Blue Point came home well under a ride that would have educated her well and the form will get tested when the runner-up and third line up in classic trials at Lingfield and Naas today.

Fleetingly probably bumped into a smart type when runner-up on her reappearance. Lope De Lilas was well backed as 6/4 favourite on her Galway debut when fifth last autumn and needs respecting.


Next best: Fleetingly

4.45 Leopardstown Golf And Driving Range Handicap 1m 2f

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Ethical Diamond in three hurdles starts this season, the best of those efforts coming when sixth to Kargese in a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He looked to have a bright future when winning a maiden last season for Michael O’Meara and should go close off a mark of 89 on handicap debut.

Saturn looked like he was getting his act together when last seen winning at Dundalk in November and can play a part off a mark of 80.


Next best: Saturn

5.20 Breast Cancer Ireland

Handicap 1m 4f

Ortelius probably has more ability than his mark of 85 suggests and could put it all together on his handicap debut here in a competitive affair. He looked a future maiden winner when just touched off on his Curragh debut at two and probably didn’t want conditions so testing when second on his comeback here last month.

Natural Ruler has been building experience and finished a good second at Cork last time.

This is a better race but he remains of interest, while Huxley, Cow Chico and Tamrat all hold live chances.


Next best: Natural Ruler