Wayne Lordan: rides the well-liked Leaf for David Wachman
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes (Group 3) | 3yo+ fillies mares | ATR
YOU certainly would not have paid off your mortgage by backing the last two winners of this Group 3 fillies’ contest – Sapphire obliged at 1-7 in 2012, while Venus De Milo was 1-4 when beating Bunairgead last year – but the puzzle is unlikely to be solved so easily this evening with a competitive field of 13 entering the stalls.
Venus De Milo’s trainer Aidan O’Brien is keen to repeat the feat 12 months on as he has four representatives, none of whom is partnered by his son Joseph, who has been snapped up by Charles O’Brien to ride Coolibah.
Joseph’s younger sister Ana is on duty, though. Her association with Beyond Brilliance has been one of the stories of the summer so far as she became the first ever female to ride in the Irish Oaks last month. Not only that, but she managed to finish fourth on the three-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor.
John Oxx is double-handed. The Aga Khan-owned pair Tarziyna and Tarana both look to have live chances and Declan McDonogh’s decision to ride Tarana could mean she sits towards the head of the market.
Berry back on board
Fran Berry has been on board Dark Crusader for all three of her wins and is back in the saddle today after Fergus Sweeney deputised for him in the Northumberland Plate, when Tony Martin’s runner was tenth of the 19 runners.
What they say
Tony Martin, trainer of Dark Crusader
She was just too free over two miles last time at Newcastle so we’re dropping her in trip and putting a hood on her in the hope it might help. I think she deserves to take her chance and I think she can go well.
John Oxx, trainer of Tarana and Tarziyna
Tarana has been running well in good company and is in good form. Coming down in distance shouldn’t be a problem. She’s straightforward and genuine but we’re putting blinkers on as they improved her mother quite a bit. Tarziyna got quite a hike for winning a handicap last time and with a rating of 96 she’d be up against it in another handicap, so we’re letting her take her chance.
David Wachman, trainer of Circling, Fastnet Mist and Leaf
They are all in good form. Circling and Fastnet Mist have both run well in decent races, while Leaf comes here on the back of a nice performance in a Gowran Park maiden. Wayne [Lordan] has chosen Leaf and I’m not surprised as she’s a filly that we have always liked.
Dermot Weld, trainer of Edelmira
She’s a nice filly and is in good form but she wouldn’t want the ground too quick. Any rain or watering would help.
Ger Lyons, trainer of Roheryn
She loves fast ground and a mile and a half. I was surprised by her Listed win last time as her work had been only ordinary. But she’s improved all the time since and, while this represents a step up in class, I’m very happy with her.
Cork good to firm
Catterick good to firm
Ffos Las good to soft
Today’s key pointer
Geoff Harker is 8-23 in sellers and claimers at Catterick since the start of 2010 for a £1 level-stakes profit of £9.38. He saddles Juvenal (3.45)
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive
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