Brazilian Beauty sticks out a mile
Brazilian Beauty and Dawn To Dance are two fillies that warrant consideration on tomorrow's Gowran Park card.
The former lines out in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden over a mile, a trip that may yet prove to be her optimum distance.
A full-sister to Brazilian Star, an able miler of Kevin Prendergast's that finished second to New Approach in the Tyros Stakes as a juvenile, this daughter of Galileo made a promising start to her season at Leopardstown in March. In what looked a classy maiden that was won by John Oxx's impressive Hazarafa, Brazilian Beauty travelled well for a long way over 10 furlongs in soft ground.
However, she ultimately failed to land a telling blow and was passed for third on the run to the line. Given that it was her seasonal debut and that the conditions seemed to push the limits of her stamina, that was no bad start to the campaign.
Tellingly, Prendergast has opted to drop her straight back to a mile now. Brazilian Beauty ran over the trip in both of her outings as a juvenile last term, improving considerably from her first run to her second, when she chased home Flying Cross, a stunningly bred colt of Aidan O'Brien's, at Navan.
With the quicker ground also expected to be in her favour today, Brazilian Beauty could be the one to beat in what isn't the strongest-looking maiden.
Bea Remembered, Ice Empress and Queen Commander bring recent placed form into the race, but none of that trio strikes as having the scope to develop into pattern-level operators.
John Oxx does introduce a nicely bred newcomer in Hanakiya. However, Brazilian Beauty comes into this hardened on the back of her Leopardstown outing, and you would expect a filly with her potential to make that count.
The four-year-old Dawn To Dance is another Oxx debutant in the Open Singles Every Thursday At Gowran Park Maiden. Traditionally, Oxx's horses tend to improve for their first run, but this is another weak maiden on the evidence of those that have run so far.
That Oxx deemed Dawn To Dance worth persevering with is telling, as she is a sister to his former Group One-winning sprinter Namid, along with three other 'black type' performers. With that pedigree, Dawn To Dance has plenty to lose if she doesn't cut it on the track, so it will be interesting to see how she fares.