1.50 Coolmore Stud Calyx Race 5f

Aidan O’Brien won this 12 months ago with subsequent Coventry Stakes scorer River Tiber and must be seriously respected with his representative this time, Treasure Isle. Turned over on his Curragh debut as 5/4 favourite when the yard’s first two-year-old runner of the season, he showed a decent level of ability in second and the advantage of that run over four newcomers here ought to be a significant help.

Amo Racing’s Blue Point debutante, Queens Fury, fetched €140,000 as a yearling and is of interest on paper. With Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley in such hot form, Saratoga Special could well play a part on her introduction too.


Next best: Queens Fury

2.20 Sole Power Sprint Stakes (Listed) 5f

Some of these need to bounce back to their old form but Dun Na Sead comes here on the back of a career-best when last seen winning the Group 3 Mercury Stakes at Dundalk in October for Danny Murphy. He hasn’t been seen for 205 days so is entitled to sharpen up for the run. However, he has been on a real improving run and decent ground will play to his strengths.

The Highway Rat has the benefit of two runs this season and gets first-time cheekpieces. He should be right in the mix. Aesop’s Fables shaped as though he’d improve from his recent reappearance here. Betsen, the only three-year-old in the mix, posted a big showing behind Givemethebeatboys in the Committed Stakes last time. This ought to be more demanding against his elders but he has plenty of upside to him.


Next best: The Highway Rat

2.50 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes (Group 3) 6f

Sparkling Sea created a fine impression when winning on debut here 20 days ago and could be able to repeat the trick here over the same distance. Conditions will be quicker here than last time (when described as soft by Timeform) and that might help runner-up Fairy Godmother get closer to the Ger Lyons-trained selection. That said, there were two and a half lengths between the pair on that occasion and Sparkling Sea gets a tentative nod to confirm her superiority at this point of their careers.

Usdi Atohi, who created a fine impression when winning on debut at Dundalk, and the filly who was second to her in that all-weather maiden, California Dreamer, are in deeper waters now but still look promising. Barnavara and Proudly Yours, both winners on their only starts, are no slouches either.


Next best: Fairy Godmother

3.20 Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed) 7f

With the exception of top-class winner Paddington, last year’s Irish 2000 Guineas may not have been the deepest of Group 1s but it was still a solid showing from the Jessica Harrington-trained Quar Shamar when beaten four and a quarter lengths in sixth (of 11 runners) - especially given he had won only a Dundalk maiden a month earlier. The season did not unfold as may have been expected after that, disappointing in the Jersey Stakes before the rider said he moved poorly in the straight on his only other start when down the field at Tipperary. Connections have given the Shamardal four-year-old time to get back to himself and he has been gelded since last seen. He also gets cheekpieces added for the first time. With the stable going great guns and the chance of improvement to come, Quar Shamar is taken to raise his game and gain a first blacktype success.

Yosemite Valley has been in fine fettle and commands respect, though his best showings of late have been coming on much softer ground than he’s likely to face here. Tarawa lacks a recent run for Dermot Weld but brings some smart form to the table from last season, while Mutasarref has a decent chance but may prefer more of an ease underfoot nowadays.


Next best: Yosemite Valley

3.55 Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) 6f

Givemethebeatboys showed an attitude to die for when winning the Committed Stakes on his comeback and his supporters can certainly take encouragement from the stable’s form and the fact fitness or sharpness won’t be an issue here. That said, Bucanero Fuerte was the better performer at two and had Givemethebeatboys’ number on the two occasions that they clashed.

A gap of 11lb between their official ratings looks a stretch, and the 3lb that Bucanero Fuerte must concede isn’t ideal, but Amo Racing’s well-bred son of Wootton Bassett has the talent to likely defy his lack of a recent run. He can prove his National Stakes disappointment was a blip and should relish the drop back to six furlongs.


Next best: Givemethebeatboys

4.30 Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap 1m

This looks a particularly competitive three-year-old handicap and it might be worth giving a chance to the well-bred Air Commander. A winner at Dundalk on his first run of the season, he probably wouldn’t have been suited to how the race developed into a bit of a sprint here last time. Much more is needed from that effort to win this but he has scope to progress.

Starliner finished a length and a quarter in front of the selection when fifth in the same event, and that was his first start since October so he could sharpen up for the run. Sharinay won in the style of a smart type in a Cork maiden last time and is a big player, though his lack of experience - and the fact he carries top-weight - doesn’t make life any easier.


Next best: Starliner

5.00 Tote Guarantee Available On Course & Tote.ie Handicap 1m

Provided he isn’t rusty after 149 days off, this has the makings of a race that could suit Sea Chariot quite well and he gets the nod to make a winning reappearance in an extremely open affair. Decent ground and a strong pace would appear to suit the John Murphy-trained four-year-old best and both of those elements ought to be in play here. He’s 4lb higher than his last winning mark three starts ago at Dundalk.

If Flame Of Eire can cope with the sound surface and isn’t needing the run after a break, she has a squeak, while Genuine Article is an interesting addition to the Ger Keane stable from Dermot Weld after changing hands for 95,000gns.


Next best: Genuine Article

5.30 Twydil/Clovelly Irish EBF Fillies Maiden 1m

Settlement’s rating of 87 makes her tough to beat, especially given the experience she arrives with. Her final run at Galway was disappointing, though perhaps heavy ground - and coming to the end of the season - counted against her. If she has improved from two to three, she has every chance.

Golden Ocean, a newcomer by Blue Point, cost 200,000gns as a yearling and ought to be taken seriously for Colin Keane and Michael O’Callaghan. Siege Of Troy, making her debut for Johnny Murtagh, Ben Coen and Qatar Racing, is a beautifully-bred daughter of Siyouni who is well worth a market check.


Next best: Golden Ocean