Horse Racing

Thursday 31 July 2014

Danish Duke can lord it over rivals for Wachman

Richard Forristal

Published 21/06/2014|02:30

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NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Trainer Ger Lyons at Newmarket racecourse on September 24, 2011 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Trainer Ger Lyons at Newmarket racecourse on September 24, 2011 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Danish Duke is strongly fancied to justify the nap vote for David Wachman and Wayne Lordan on tomorrow's Flat spread at Gowran Park.

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The Duke Of Marmalade colt tackles seven rivals in the seven-furlong maiden, having really caught the eye when staying on stoutly to be fourth in a hot six-furlong maiden on his seasonal reappearance at the Curragh last month. Seas Of Wells, since fourth in a Group Three, won on that occasion, with the dual subsequent winner Chance To Dance in second.

Danish Duke, which also showed definite promise when third to Gold Peregrine on its only start last year at Naas, made steady progress to be closest at the finish under Lordan. It was a really taking effort, and the furlong longer trip against modest opposition here ought to be right up his street.

Ger Lyons' Adroit is also an intriguing sort out to break its duck in the preceding fillies' race over the same distance. Calorie and Zaindera set a reasonable standard in this, but they have had plenty of chances. Adroit, on other hand, did nothing wrong when second to Wachman's useful Photo Call on its only previous start at Fairyhouse recently, so she ought to improve on that for Colin Keane now.

The excellent three-pound claimer could also have a big say in the three-year-old handicap on Tom McCourt's unexposed handicap debutant Nedera, while the Sheila Lavery-trained Lady Ultra could take plenty of stopping in the all-aged contest that follows. That €20,000 heat is the card's most valuable prize and is duly competitive, but Pat Smullen's mount has plenty going for her.

Twice a winner over six furlongs in the autumn, the three-year-old Dandy Man filly was carried out on her shield when thwarted by Wachman's Pearl Earing on her Fairyhouse return in May. Having made most of the running then, the impression is that this step up to seven furlongs will prove ideal.

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