George the star attraction
Published 23/07/2015 | 19:17
Order Of St George is the star attraction at Down Royal on Friday evening as he bids to regain winning ways in the concluding Her Majesty's Plate.
The three-year-old showed some useful form as a juvenile last season, highlighted by a wide-margin romp in testing conditions at Leopardstown.
He did not make his seasonal reappearance until turning up in the Curragh Cup late last month and ran with plenty of promise, going down by just a short-head to stable companion Bondi Beach.
The Galileo colt is the sole representative for Aidan O'Brien at the County Antrim circuit and taking a sizeable drop in class, he should make the journey north from Ballydoyle worthwhile.
The Magners Berry Handicap gets proceedings under way, in which the Garvan Donnelly-trained Catwilldo will likely be all the rage to complete a quick-fire hat-trick.
The five-year-old mare won as she liked at Bellewstown at the start of the month and followed up in good style at Navan a fortnight ago.
She may well be capable of defying a small rise in the weights.
There is not much good form to go in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden and any market support for newcomers from the respected stables of Ger Lyons (Roibeard) and Jessica Harrington (Ms Brinkleys) would be noteworthy.
The Tom Mullins-trained Peace Mission has shown up well on each of her two starts to date and has a good opportunity to make it third-time lucky in the Not A Moment Too Soon Fillies Maiden, while Lake George, Mr Good Guy and Chaplin Boy are among those worth considering in a wide-open Magners Light Handicap.
The Magners Irish Cider Fillies Handicap is another interesting heat, with John Oxx's Colour Rhapsody open to more improvement than most.
The Tipperary winner returned from almost a year off to finish fourth in last month's Ulster Oaks and a small step forward would make her hard to beat.
Monolight, a winner at Roscommon two and a half weeks ago, can defy top-weight in the Apple Orchard Handicap.