Ash aiming to blaze a trail
Published 06/08/2010 | 05:00
Invincible Ash, in the form of her life, bids to complete the hat-trick in the Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary this evening.
Michael Halford's mare proved her 20/1 wide-margin success in a valuable six-furlong handicap at The Curragh was no fluke when following up with a comfortable success over the same trip at Leopardstown last month, and the five-year-old fully deserves this step up to Listed company.
Sole Power, a good fourth in the Group Three Palace House Stakes in May, lowers his sights and is sure to be a popular choice, while Rain Delayed scored at this level on his seasonal debut back in April.
All eyes will be on Brittany in the most valuable race on the card, the Coolmore Hurricane Run Stakes.
The son of Montjeu left his debut form well behind when landing a one-mile Gowran maiden with plenty to spare last month and a couple of Group One entries, including in next year's Epsom Derby, suggest there is plenty more to come.
Aidan O'Brien's other runner in the race, Jackaroo, has something to prove after flopping when favourite for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, but he impressed when scoring first time out at Gowran and cannot be written off.
Action gets under way at 5.35 with the Mocklershill Stables Maiden, in which Bad Romance will be expected to run a big race after pulling clear of third when filling the runner-up spot on his racecourse bow.