Mesariya can confirm potential in Blue Wind
JOHN OXX has won four of the last 10 runnings of the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes, and the Currabeg man could also land the 2011 version at Naas this evening.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF-sponsored €50,375 contest is competitive, with Jim Bolger's Banimpire one of eight 90-plus rated declarations among the 11-strong field.
Successful in the Ballysax Stakes in April -- when she had last Sunday's Derrinstown winner Recital back in third -- before winning a Listed race at Gowran Park, Banimpire boasts by far the best previous form in the 10-furlong event.
However, Oxx's Mesariya made quite an impression when gradually picking off her rivals on her racecourse debut at Leopardstown in March. With the runner-up, Siren's Song, since scoring and the seventh, Wonder Of Wonders, recording her second triumph in the Cheshire Oaks last week, Oxx's Sinndar filly has real potential.
Given the strength in depth of that race, Whip Rule is favoured for the nap. The Bolger-trained colt tackles just four others in the juvenile winners' event.
Awarded a Curragh maiden on his debut after being carried across the track by Tough As Nails, Whip Rule's form is also impressive. Tough As Nails beat subsequent winner Boris Grigoriev by seven lengths next time, while the fourth home, Gold Lace went on to beat Danziger.
On a line through Danziger, Whip Rule should hold Naseem Sea today, that one having just overcome Danziger when successful at Dundalk. Whip Rule's biggest danger may come from one of the two Ballydoyle debutants, with Prophesy a promising prospect on pedigree.
Naseem Sea's handler Paul Deegan has a chance with Expire in the following handicap. Expire faces six horses that he bettered when third at Cork in April, and a pound drop in the weights, added to Ronan Whelan's claim, makes him appealing.
Bolger is also fancied to take the concluding maiden with Claiomh Solais. Catch The Eye is the only other one in this one-mile heat with worthwhile form, but Claiomh Solais has been placed in superior company to what she will encounter here.
The sole Irish-based runner on the day's York card is Aidan O'Brien's Amazing Beauty in the Musidora Stakes. Successful in an ordinary maiden at Dundalk last month, Amazing Beauty holds a number of high-profile entries throughout the summer, including in both the Irish and English Oaks.
She is available to back at up to 50/1 for the latter, so it will be interesting to see if she can overcome shorter-priced rivals for the Epsom showpiece here to maintain a run of form that yielded O'Brien four winners from the same number of runners at Chester last week.
Ryan Moore's mount faces just four opponents in the 10-furlong Group Three, but Arizona Jewel, Barefoot Lady and Joviality are all potentially classy fillies.