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Thursday 17 August 2017

Long Journey Home well worth taking

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Long Journey Home is fancied to defy a drop in distance when he tackles the 10-furlong maiden at Navan tonight under Niall McCullagh.

The John Oxx-trained son of Dansili was last seen finishing second to Apache over 12 furlongs at Leopardstown at the end of May. On that occasion, Long Journey Home showed no shortage of early pace, with Apache only collaring him in the straight.

Apache's Ballydoyle stablemate Enchanted Forest may pose the main threat to the nap selection here.

A half-brother to the dual Group One-winning juvenile Dutch Art, Seamie Heffernan's mount has the scope to improve on what he has done so far.

Earlier, Brazilian Breeze can also benefit from a drop in trip in the five-furlong maiden.

When Kevin Prendergast's charge assumed a commanding advantage late on over seven furlongs at Down Royal recently, she looked sure to go on and win.

However, Brazilian Breeze didn't fully stay, failing to repel the challenge of Marvada inside the distance. The pacey Nidian will keep her honest now, but the fact that Mick Halford's four-year-old remains a maiden after 14 runs doesn't inspire confidence.

In the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF fillies' maiden, Experience's name might prove appropriate.

David Wachman's representative demonstrated a lack of same when rearing up as she left the stalls on her debut at Tipperary a fortnight ago.

Despite having to come from last, though, Experience was beaten just a short head by today's Royal Ascot runner Somasach. She will be more ready now.

Experience's rider Billy Lee also has a chance in the Jogforjockeys.ie Race on Bay Knight for the in-form Ken Condon. The 100-rated runner was an encouraging second at Cork last month.

Irish Independent

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