13:00 Leopardstown

ANGEL PALM can step up on her debut fourth. She was a well-backed favourite for a very good fillies' maiden over course and distance in June before finishing fourth. The strength of that race is proving to be phenomenal as the runner-up won the Group 3 Marble Hill on her next start. In addition, the third home shed her maiden tag by 11 lengths in Galway. The sixth home has gone in twice, including in an excellent Group 3 at this track last week. Angel Palm holds a Group One entry in the Moyglare. Friendly wasn't beaten far into fourth on debut (when favourite) at the Curragh, and is likely to come on considerably. She also has the big-race entries. There was an awful lot to like about Harannda's opening second at the Curragh behind a useful-looking winner. On a line through the horse in third, she has the beating of Friendly. This Moyglare entrant merits plenty of respect. Moon Daisy can improve upon an unplaced effort at this track when nicely backed.
Prediction : 1st Angel Palm 2nd Friendly 3rd Harannda

13:30 Leopardstown

FLY GIRL has had the benefit of a run and looks set to play a major role. Jessica Harrington's charge showed promise in fifth behind an American Pharoah filly over a mile at this racecourse last month. She was beaten less than five lengths on that occasion, and had all the 'right' horses in front of her. She has the plum draw in stall one to work from. There are a couple of newcomers for which a market check is advisable - Joseph O'Brien's Messidor, who has a tough draw in 18 to overcome, and Watercolormemories representing the powerful team of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane.
Prediction : 1st Fly Girl 2nd Watercolormemories 3rd Messidor

14:00 Leopardstown

SWEET JUSTICE has every chance of making the breakthrough. Tom McCourt's filly seems better on a sounder surface which she is forecast to get in Leopardstown. On her penultimate start, she was a fair second over course and distance when collared in the last 100 yards. In effect she now races off 5lb lower when factoring in Danny Sheehy's claim. She wouldn't be winning out of turn with three runner-up finishes from her last five appearances. Pixel Power gets first-time cheekpieces and has a runner-up finish over a similar trip on debut at Limerick last summer. Valquinto is beginning to show improvement and is well worth a go at this new trip. Divine Celt was a beaten favourite in Gowran Park, but the form of her three races prior to that put her right in contention. Colin Keane is reunited with her. Daayeb and Philly's Hope aren't out of it either.
Prediction : 1st Sweet Justice 2nd Pixel Power 3rd Valquinto

14:30 Leopardstown

AGITARE can get his head in front, despite the bad draw. The 98-rated gelding has been placed in four of his seven outings, and has clearly bumped into some more than useful sorts. Although he was a beaten favourite in third over course and distance in June, the form stands up to scrutiny. The two horses in front of him won on their next starts and, indeed, so did the horses in sixth and seventh. Dundalk looked an ideal opportunity for Dark Pine to shed his maiden tag, but despite coming home well he finished a neck adrift of the winner. The form of that race hasn't been boosted, and the winner was subsequently beaten off 75 in a Ballinrobe handicap. You can see the reasoning in stepping up to a mile after his close second places in those seven-furlong contests. Jungle Cove has box one to go forward from at this crack at a new trip. Nordic Aurora cost a pretty penny and a combination of headgear is tried after an unplaced debut at Fairyhouse. Pin Your Hopes has each-way claims after a third place in Naas. Macocha could outrun her odds as he was far from outclassed in sixth in what looks a good fillies' maiden at Limerick.
Prediction : 1st Agitare 2nd Dark Pine 3rd Jungle Cove

15:00 Leopardstown

ANCIENT SPIRIT is a tough, admirable sort who looks sure to give it his all in a very tricky race. Since racing resumed in June, he has had a good time of it in winning a pair of Listed races before finishing second in a Group 3 behind Patrick Sarsfield over nine furlongs at this track. That run can be marked up as the latter was then a close third in a Group One in Germany. The fly in the ointment here is Etneya, in receipt of weight. The fact that Dermot Weld pitches her into this after she won her fillies' maiden at the Curragh last month appears significant. She is very hard to assess after that comfortable victory, however, the runner-up came out and won her maiden by a healthy three and a half lengths. Etneya holds a Group 2 entry, and is clearly a filly of considerable potential. She is a half sister to Eziyra who won at Group 2 level for Weld. Conversely, Royal Dornoch is a class dropper from being unplaced in Group One company. It was only three starts ago that he landed the Group 2 Royal Lodge, though, so he has to be given plenty of respect. Fiscal Rules is lightly raced but took fifth in both the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby and has a part to play.
Prediction : 1st Ancient Spirit 2nd Etneya 3rd Royal Dornoch

15:30 Leopardstown

DAWN PATROL, who was third in the Irish Derby, is hard to get away from. He has since enjoyed a bloodless victory at 1/8, when making all over a mile and a quarter in Naas to record his first career success. Afterwards, jockey Wayne Lordan said the 10 furlongs was a bit tight, so there should be more to come from him racing over a mile and six. He has an entry in the Irish St Leger. Emperor Of The Sun is only rated 4lb inferior to Dawn Patrol, and also has the Leger entry, but his form doesn't look on the same level albeit he was a good second in a premier handicap at Galway. The very expensive American Pharoah filly Pista, who is out of a Galileo mare, absolutely hosed up in a fillies' maiden over an extended mile and three in Galway. Afterwards, connections said soft ground is a must for her, which she isn't forecast to get, so any enthusiasm in her chance is reduced. Sunchart is an honest horse who was eighth in the Irish Derby and runner-up in the Ulster Derby. He has the option of leading and could go well for a long way.
Prediction : 1st Dawn Patrol 2nd Pista 3rd Sunchart

16:00 Leopardstown

ULTRA PRIDE has an each-way chance from gate one. Sheila Lavery's horse faced a tough task when attempting to make all over an extended mile on soft ground at Galway. Once headed approaching the straight, his chance had gone but his previous two runs over a mile and a half bring him into contention. He was third in Fairyhouse and fourth in Leopardstown and both races have been franked by horses that finished in front of him. His sole victory came over this mile and a quarter trip at the Curragh last summer. Lightning Amber avails of Mikey Sheehy's 7lb claim which puts her on a very appealing mark. She landed her fillies' maiden at this venue, and her sixth behind Patrick Sarsfield in a handicap here in June reads better all the time. The Dutch Art filly didn't run badly at all in Galway for fifth after blowing her chance with a tardy start. She is likely to take advantage of her mark sooner rather than later. Drakensberg is due to run at Gowran Park on Wednesday, but if he doesn't then his fifth at this track to subsequent Ulster Derby winner Elizabethofaragon would put him in the mix. Estepona Sun is another with claims.
Prediction : 1st Ultra Pride 2nd Lightning Amber 3rd Drakensberg

16:30 Leopardstown

Thunder Kiss looks the part on paper. She started her career at Gowran Park in June with a solid second to subsequent Irish Oaks fourth Laburnum. After that she filled the same spot in the Curragh behind a horse who went on to be third in Listed company. Thunder Kiss then duly shook off her maiden status with a victory in Killarney. It is worth noting that she holds a Group 2 entry for next month. The concern would be that connections said she needs soft ground after her victory in Co Kerry. TOO SOON TO PANIC also has that Group 2 entry. Her Cork success has been endorsed by the runner-up who scooted in by three and a half lengths on her next start. Too Soon To Panic was then a fair third in the Ulster Derby on her first crack at an extended 10 furlongs. She's Our Queen is raw, but going the right way after showing her toughness to win in Down Royal. Bella Brazil is another with claims.
Prediction : 1st Too Soon To Panic 2nd Thunder Kiss 3rd Shes Our Queen

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