1.55 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden 6f
Valkyrian is put forward to make a winning debut for a yard whose juvenile fillies have been going very well. This daughter of Kodiac has a reasonable draw and she is the first produce of a Shamardal mare whose dam won at listed level and finished second in the Prix Marcel Boussac.
She gets the nod over fellow newcomer Basil Martini who represents another powerful stable. This daughter of Starspangledbanner is out of a placed Bated Breath mare whose dam won at Group 2 level in South America and it is noteworthy that she has a Moyglare Stud Stakes entry.
Next Best: Basil Martini
2.30 Fairyhouse.ie Maiden 6f
He is still a maiden after 20 starts but Mickey The Steel is more than capable of winning a race such as this. His last run at Listowel was respectable but his previous second to Additional in a quality sprint handicap at the Curragh is a fine effort and if he performed to anything approaching that level, he will mount a strong challenge for victory.
He might have most to fear from Elephant John whose career began at this track on Wednesday evening when he chased home Hotrocket in a 7f maiden.
He was beaten 5½l but showed enough to suggest he could win a maiden, and he should step forward as a result of that initial experience.
SELECTION: MICKEY THE STEEL
Next Best: Elephant John
3.05 GAIN The Advantage Series Handicap (47-70) 6f
Cnodian was well held in a Sligo handicap last time but is better judged on her previous form. Last month she won a Limerick handicap over an extended 6f and she ran well on quick ground over this course and distance a couple of months ago when beaten 1¼l into second by Ever Rock. In addition, she has a good draw to aid her cause.
Jupiter Express looks to have a very solid chance. He was beaten a neck and a head into third by Cailin Cliste in a 6f handicap here on Wednesday and prior to that he filled the runner-up spot behind Areille in another handicap over this course and distance. He deserves to win a race of this nature.
Next Best: Jupiter Express
3.40 SP Or Better Guaranteed With Tote At Fairyhouse Handicap 6f
This could see Areille add to the course-and-distance success she recorded here last month when edging out Jupiter Express by ½l. She followed that with a decent third to Sablonne in a useful three-year-old sprint handicap at Naas and is better than she showed back at that track last weekend when sixth to Pretty Rebel in a fillies’ handicap.
She was drawn low that day and the race was dominated by higher drawn horses so it is worth taking a chance that she can bounce back to form here.
Blind Beggar has yet to win since coming to Ireland but has amassed five top four finishes from six starts. He was second to Shabaaby over 5f at Bellewstown last week and another solid showing looks to be on the cards.
Next Best: Blind Beggar
4.15 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes (Group 3) 7f
Star Girls Aalmal should take plenty of beating. This talented filly began her season with a commanding victory in a 7f conditions race at Gowran before then running an excellent fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
She turned in another quality display at Royal Ascot when fourth to Noble Truth in the Jersey Stakes despite not enjoying the clearest of runs. That level of form would suggest this prize is well within her reach.
She can deal with the threat posed by Emphatic Answer who should have no trouble coming back to this trip following a couple of runs over a mile.
She ran well to finish a 2l third to Wexford Native in a Curragh listed race a fortnight ago and prior to that lost out by only a neck against Pearls Galore in a Group 2 at the Curragh.
SELECTION: STAR GIRLS AALMAL
Next Best: Emphatic Answer
4.50 Pat Smullen Coast To Curragh Charity Cycle August 27th Handicap 1m 4f
He has to carry top-weight, but Explorers Way’s cause is aided considerably by Jake Coen’s 7lbs claim.
In addition, he comes here off a creditable second to Kirati Beach in a Ballinrobe maiden, while his form last season yielded placed efforts in maidens at the Curragh and Gowran which were won by Bluegrass and Scriptwriter respectively. All this points to his capacity to win a race such as this.
He is chosen ahead of Rihani who has first-time cheekpieces to aid his cause. He ran well to finish a close third to Deceit in a Limerick handicap last time and looks like a horse who might be able to progress further.
SELECTION: EXPLORERS WAY
Next Best: Rihani
5.25 Irish Injured Jockeys Handicap (47-65) 1m 4f
Shes Good Company showed signs of returning to form at Down Royal last month when she was fourth to Wild Shot in a handicap over an extended 1m 4f.
If she can build on that effort she should be able to get closely involved, and she has a previous win to her name having struck over 1m 2f on good ground at Clonmel last September.
She is chosen ahead of French Company who was having his first start for almost three months when taking third behind Whatcouldhavebeen at Tipperary last week.
SELECTION: SHES GOOD COMPANY
Next Best: French Company