Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's action.
KERKIYRA (best price 9-4) shaped with a huge amount of promise on her debut in a similar maiden over today’s C&D and that all-important experience she gained will hopefully stand her in good stead as she returns to the Co Kildare venue 23 days on.
Slowly and towards the rear of the 14-strong field, Johnny Murtagh’s filly still had plenty on her plate at the halfway stage but in coming home with a fair rattle from three out, she did some good late work to finish a never-nearer fourth behind the well-fancied Discoveries. Hailing from a stable who wouldn’t have their juveniles fully cooked first time out, the daughter of Siyouni should come on for that initial experience both mentally and physically and with a better break from the gates this time around, a more prominent display looks on the cards.
ACE AUSSIE (best price 9-2) was forced to miss his mid-season target at Royal Ascot due to soft ground but that disappointment could work in his favour as her arrives here fresh and well and ready to have a proper crack at a bunch of opponents who by and large have slight questions to ask.
Runner-up to subsequent 2000 Guineas and St James’ Palace hero Poetic Flare at Leopardstown on his first start this season, Jessica Harrington’s colt just appeared to find the stiff mile a bridge too far when returning to the Dublin venue a month later, so it was easy to see why his connections would be keen to drop back a furlong in the Jersey Stakes at the Berkshire track. A proper fast ground horse, unfortunately the son of Australia had to be withdrawn with all the rain falling in the latter part of the five-day fixture and from there onwards, plans have had to be rejigged somewhat. Unexposed and with the likelihood of more to come as time progresses, today’s examination should prove ideal and he rates a strong each-way choice at the morning odds.
MIA MENTO (best price 9-4) had to go down as an unlucky loser over today’s C&D last time out and she’s given another chance to make amends on her return visit.
Never-nearer over six furlongs at Fairyhouse the time before, Jessica Harrington’s was upped in trip for his next assignment here two weeks later and that move ended up almost reaping maximum rewards. Held up towards the rear, the daughter of Casamento was noted moving easily as the field made its way down to the three furlongs pole, but just as she was in the process of making her challenge, she got stopped in her run on several occasions. Once out in the clear, she finished to good effect to get within half-a-length of the eventual winner, Sindhia, but ultimately, it was a classic case of one that got away. Clearly a much more reliable mare since cheekpieces have been fitted, the five-year-old also steps up to a trip that should suit based on what we saw 22 days ago and she rates a decent bet to press home that theory under ideal conditions.