Saturday 1 October 2016

Most Beautiful can touch down for O'Gara in Naas heat

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Most Beautiful, which runs in the colours of rugby star Ronan O’Gara, can add to her victory at the Curragh last year on tonight’s Naas card. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Most Beautiful, which runs in the colours of rugby star Ronan O’Gara, can add to her victory at the Curragh last year on tonight’s Naas card. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

David Wachman's team has recently emerged from a period in the doldrums and he can confirm the stable's return to form by plundering tonight's Naas feature with Most Beautiful.

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Owned by Ronan O'Gara, who has been unveiled alongside his wife Jessica as an ambassador for September's Irish Champions Weekend, Most Beautiful contests the Listed Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel Stakes over six furlongs.

She is joint-top rated alongside Eddie Lynam's Fort Del Oro, which must concede 8lb to Wayne Lordan's mount. That won't be easy, notwithstanding that Fort Del Oro might appear a more solid option based on their overall profiles.

In short, Most Beautiful has been disappointing. She promised plenty when landing a Group Three on Irish Derby weekend last year, but failed to build on that.

Well below form in her first three starts of the year, she finally hinted at her true colours when just foiled by Queen Catrine at Fairyhouse last week.

Over seven furlongs that day, she didn't get home as well as might have been expected given the way that she travelled into the straight. With that in mind, the step back to six is expected to suit now that she has recaptured her form, so she appeals as nap material to take advantage of the weight concession.

Fort Del Oro is already a Listed winner here over five furlongs. She remains a progressive four-year-old, and the only real negative about her chance in this €60,000 affair is that she must concede so much weigh to such a capable rival.

Ger Lyons has runners in three races and could conceivably win all three, though he will be especially disappointed if he doesn't plunder the finale.

He is due to saddle stable star Endless Drama in that conditions race, and this is a fine opportunity for the Group One miler to secure a confidence-boosting win. Remarkably, Endless Drama hasn't got its head in front in five starts since making such a big impression here on its track bow in October 2014.

Subsequently second in two Listed races and the Irish 2,000 Guineas, he was third on his Lockinge return, before failing to place for a first time when unsuited by soft ground in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

Back on a decent surface, Colin Keane's imposing mount ought to crush its five inferior rivals ahead of a return to more ambitious assignments.

The same duo are also expected to collect with Toccata Blue in the preceding mile handicap.

This is a typically competitive race of its type, with the likes of Strait Of Zanzibar and Hurricane Cass sure to be thereabouts.

Toccata Blue falls into a similar bracket, but he posted a rare poor turn at Gowran Park last month on unsuitably soft ground. With conditions in his again favour now, he is trusted to bounce back.

The blinkered Jack Flash is probably the pick of Lyons' trio in the opener, but a chance is taken in that on Sheila Lavery's Fairyhouse fourth Mr Scarlet.

Irish Independent

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