Impressive Summaya to strike again at Navan
Fresh from a deeply impressive triumph at Cork a fortnight ago, Summaya can extend the explosive start to the season that Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen are enjoying when she contests the Salsabil Stakes at Navan.
The €55,000 10-furlong Listed race is competitive without being especially hot.
Of the six of the 10 runners with handicap marks, Jim Bolger's Pleascach is the highest-rated on 99, having won a reasonable Leopardstown maiden as a juvenile last July.
Diamondsandrubies, which accounted for Weld's odds-on Chinese Light at Tipperary last week, is another with the scope to do much better.
However, the form and manner of Summaya's victory stand out a little here.
A disappointing favourite at Listowel in September, the daughter of Azamour sported head-gear for a first time when making all at Cork en route to a thoroughly convincing six-length defeat of Hans Holbein, which franked the form nicely this week by winning a decent maiden at Leopardstown on Wednesday.
Novis Adventis, nearly eight lengths back in fourth, has since been denied by just half-a-length at Tipperary, so the case for Summaya is pretty solid.
Chinese Light is also on duty this afternoon and she is trusted to make amends for her Limerick Junction defeat in the mile maiden.
Over nine furlongs on that occasion, the Dalakhani grey attempted to make all, only to get overhauled by Diamondsandrubies.
Time might prove there to have been no shame in that, and it's worth noting that the pair pulled seven-and-a-half lengths clear of the third.
Over this slightly shorter trip, Chinese Light is expected to see off her 15 rivals.
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien are also likely to get among the winners with Cenotaph in the concluding mile maiden.
A staying-on second to the useful Endless Drama - third to Zawraq at Leopardstown last week - on his sole outing over six furlongs as a juvenile, Cenotaph will surely appreciate this step up in trip.
Of his eight rivals, Bolger's Just Be Lucky has shown a reasonable level of ability to date, but he has failed to get his head in front in three starts and he might run into a decent prospect here.