1.45 Lynn Lodge Stud Irish EBF Maiden 5f

It was a highly encouraging debut effort in a likely strong two-year-old maiden at the Curragh a fortnight ago from Red Evolution when third, and he can go two places better now for Michael O’Callaghan. He fetched 300,000gns at the breeze-up sales and is bred to be high quality as a half-brother to River Tiber.

Ryan Moore stays loyal to Alfred Tennyson, who was sent off 2/1 joint-favourite on his soft-ground debut at Tipperary 11 days ago and looked plenty raw in a safely-held fourth of six. Improvement can be expected from the run but is also needed. Ace King Queen shaped well on debut when fourth in a maiden that produced subsequent Curragh maiden winner Heavens Gate. She can show up well for Kevin Prendergast.


Next best: Alfred Tennyson

2.20 Navan Racecourse

Handicap 5f

Mehman has been in fine form of late and his mark of 81 still looks a workable one. A winner at Naas two starts ago, he was beaten two lengths in third here last time and didn’t look to be suited by how the race unfolded, with the winner making all and the runner-up close up throughout. Mehman fared best of those who sat further back and is well suited to both the ground and trip.

Blanc En Noir is 1lb out of the handicap and in better company than on Wednesday at the Curragh when fifth, but he could have had a smoother run through on that occasion and remains of interest. These look calmer waters for Thunderbear than he has been facing lately, though perhaps the best of him is seen on slower ground.


Next best: Blanc En Noir

2.55 Gain The Advantage Series Handicap 5f

Keke had no luck in running at Naas when a fast-finishing third to Mehman four weeks ago and could be up to making amends off 2lb higher (and top weight). His trainer, Eddie Lynam, won this race with another top-weight from stall 17 last year and the selection is drawn in stall 16.

Cuban Grey was rewarded for some solid runs in defeat when winning at Tipperary 11 days ago and a 3lb nudge in the weights isn’t excessive. This is a better race than the claimer that Eruption won last time at Sligo, but she does come here in fine fettle. Rappell is another last-time-out winner who is up 7lb but could have more to come as a three-year-old. Havana Notion isn’t out of the equation either.


Next best: Rappell

3.30 Darley Irish EBF Kooyonga Stakes (Listed) 1m

For a filly who stayed a mile and a quarter here on her previous start, the race did not unfold to suit Everlasting over a mile when set her toughest task in the Irish 1000 Guineas a fortnight ago, finishing down the field. The Ballydoyle three-year-old is better judged on her third in the Salsabil Stakes behind Oaks heroine Ezeliya and Irish 1000 Guineas fifth Purple Lily, with Oaks fifth Caught U Looking back in fourth. She is the highest rated runner in the field.

Kayhana ran a cracker when second in premier handicap company at the Curragh last time and could collect blacktype here. It’s encouraging to see Bluedrum is the choice of Shane Foley. The well-bred Blue Point filly looked a possible blacktype performer when winning on debut at Naas last September and may not have loved the soft ground she faced on her only other run, finishing seventh of 10 in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes.


Next best: Bluedrum

4.05 TRI Equestrian Handicap (Premier Handicap) 1m 2f

Plenty hold chances here. Harbour Gem might be the most interesting of these on handicap debut off a mark of 85. Her maiden form with Wendla from earlier in the season looks solid now, and she’s bred to improve as a half-sister to Harbour Wind.

Cheeky Wink was a touch disappointing on Guineas weekend at the Curragh but progression is possible through stepping up in trip and fitting cheekpieces for the first time. Old Faithful is another with the potential to be better than his mark of 85 for Aidan O’Brien, while Jim Bolger attempts to utilise Gabriella Hill’s 10lb claim on the four-timer seeking Glor Tire, fresh from wins at Gowran on Monday and Leopardstown on Thursday. Rapid Mission, gelded since last seen and returning in blinkers, would be a live player if sharp enough after 221 days off.


Next best: Cheeky Wink

4.40 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden 1m 2f

Declaree has started her career with two rock-solid showings to be placed in maidens and her turn might now be coming for Johnny Murtagh and Newtown Anner Stud. Runner-up to Harbour Gem last time at Cork, she gets cheekpieces for the first time now and the experience of two runs will stand her in good stead here.

Mo Ghille Mar is technically a winner able to run in a maiden due to her disqualification over interference at Leopardstown last time. With a mark of 83, and representing in-form connections, she’s entitled to be bang there.

Opaque showed some promise when mid-field on debut at Dundalk in April and rates a likely improver for Aidan O’Brien. Both Clever And Cute (Jim Bolger) and Cancelled (Willie McCreery) were both second on their respective debuts and add further depth to what is already a competitive race.


Next best: Mo Ghille Mar

5.15 Cusack Hotel Group Family Raceday July 13th Handicap 1m 2f

If able to overcome a wide draw in stall 23, which may not be a huge hindrance given she was ridden patiently when runner-up last time at Cork, Doctor Grace could be able to add to her two all-weather wins with a first on turf.

She was pushed up 3lb for that effort but is still 3lb lower than her all-weather mark.

Power Drive was drawn wide and didn’t get a clear run when already having plenty on his plate nine days ago at Fairyhouse.

He could be a different proposition around here, though another wide draw in stall 19 isn’t ideal for one who made all at Dundalk two starts ago.


Next best: Power Drive