Taisce looks the filly to follow
THE Blenheim Stakes has been relocated from the Curragh to Fairyhouse this season and has attracted an interesting bunch of promising youngsters in search of Listed honours.
For some reason, best known to trainers and their owners, all 10 runners in Tuesday’s feature are fillies.
Taisce Naisiunta is one of the most experienced in the line-up and won’t mind having her sights lowered after finishing a five-length sixth in the behind Minding in Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh earlier in the month.
This dual Tipperary winner won her maiden at the Junction on her debut in April and was on the mark again there in an August nursery off 84 and is now 20lb higher courtesy of her Moyglare effort.
Miss Katie Mae held her own in Group Three company before failing to handle testing conditions at this level in the Flame Of Tara Stakes. She’s a 102-rated performer and looks the danger to Taisce Naisiunta.
Juliette Fair and Dolce Strega drop from efforts in Group Three company, whereas Bebhinn, Go Kart, Know and Vitello step up from winning maidens, while Redstaroverchina attempts to prove her 40/1 Naas success at the beginning of August was no fluke.
Course winner here in May, Blue Paraiba came up short in a Leopardstown Listed heat but has been given the majority of the summer to get over that and reappears as the apparent John Oxx second-string behind Nebulla in the 12-furlong handicap.
This is a tricky contest and the Oxx pair cross swords with a couple of similarly unexposed three-year-olds in the shape of Intransive and Spin Point. I’m tempted by an older pair – Deor and Mick Halford’s Glassatura.
Deor has had seven different jockeysthis season and none have managed to find the key. Trainer John Kiely goes back to Billy Lee, who rode Deor on his Limerick debut back in April. At Wexford in July, Deor was getting 1lb from re-opposing Askmour and was beaten a length-and-three-quarters. Here he gets 6lb and should be able to turn placings around.
The opening two-year-old maiden attracts 17 runners but only a couple will count. The most likely pair are newcomers Clear Cut, trained by Jim Bolger, and Dermot Weld’s Midst. Fair Game could take the nursery for Fran Berry and Edward O’Grady.
Three Bells’ hat-trick bid ended in disappointment at Naas last week but he is back out again and shares top weight in the apprentice handicap with Newmarket cull Quiet Warrior from Marco Botti’s yard.
Louis Leroy had the value of his recent Naas success enhanced when runner-up Expreso Brasileiro won at Roscommon. Louis Leroy went up 7lb for his win and can defy the rise by beating Acroleina.
Krissy’s Kisses gives weight all round in the three-year-old claimer and can defy the task by beating Saga Bolton and Shine On.