Gary Carson: Dancing Tango should waltz to victory at Fairyhouse

Joseph O'Brien can send Dancing Tango out to grab victory in the Stanerra Stakes at Fairyhouse on Wednesday evening (PA Wire/PA Archive/PA Images)

The featured Stanerra Stakes has attracted a quality line-up at Fairyhouse on Wednesday evening and Dancing Tango is fancied to come out on top in the Group Three contest.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge ran a cracker at Listed level in Limerick last month when losing out narrowly to a classy horse in Harbour Wind.

That was a big step forward from her seasonal debut at Gowran Park when she was a one-paced fourth behind Enfranchise over this trip.

Heavy ground may just have caught her out on her first start in almost seven months then and she certainly looked a lot sharper over a mile-and-a-half last time.

Going back up to this trip doesn’t look a big issue and, against her own sex, she looks to set the standard.

The progressive Countess Of Tyrone could be a danger. Paddy Twomey’s charge was always doing enough to hold Esquiline at Down Royal in late May and there could be more to come.

There are any number of these that can be given chances.

Trevaunance has some very strong form at her best and ran well down in Cork last time when chasing home Sumiha in the Munster Oaks.

Smart hurdler Magical Zoe is another interesting contender after an easy maiden win at Down Royal.

Dancing Tango is top-rated in the mile-six contest though and can prove her class.

Joseph O’Brien and Dylan Browne McMonagle can also strike earlier on the card with Rudi’s Apple in the two-year-old maiden.

The No Nay Never colt takes a drop in class now in the six-furlong contest having run with plenty of credit in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

He stayed on to finish fourth then in Listed company over the minimum trip and it’s no surprise to see him stepping up a furlong.

On his debut at Tipperary he had also looked like he would appreciate six furlongs.

In the mile-six handicap on the card, Sixpack bids for a hat-trick and looks to have found a nice opportunity to bag another win.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge was value for a bit more than his winning margin over course and distance last month and is fitted with cheekpieces.

A rise of 5lb for that victory doesn’t look harsh and he may just remain a step ahead of the handicapper.


4.50 Signor Ferrari

5.25 Rudi’s Apple (Dbl)

6.00 Sixpack

6.30 Dancing Tango (Nap)

7.00 Monasterboice

7.30 Lexington Dash

8.00 Gosford