Murphy's Rainfall Radar can make winning splash at Naas
Shrewd Fethard handler Joe Murphy has endured some near misses lately but his Rainfall Radar can collect at Naas today.
When Murphy's Only Mine was edged out in an Ayr Group Three on Saturday, it was the third time in as many days that one of his horses filled the runner-up berth. Rainfall Radar was the first of the trio, having kept on well to chase home Dermot Weld's Tadaany at Listowel on Thursday.
Murphy has a well-established reputation for excelling with relatively modest resources. In Rainfall Radar, he has got his hands on a regally-bred filly, which is owned by Hugo Merry, the Co Cork-based breeder and part-owner of Irish Oaks' heroine Covert Love.
Long-term, the daughter of Rebuttal is a fine breeding prospect, as she is a half-sister to the triple Group One-winning miler Excelebration and the multiple Group winner, Mull Of Killough. A close third to Weld's Mulkeyya at Tipperary on her second start, Rainfall Radar broke slowly at Listowel last week. In light of how deep conditions were, she did well to finish where she did after forfeiting ground early on. Today, the forecast yielding going ought to be more to her liking, so she appeals as nap material to take the concluding mile fillies' maiden for Declan McDonogh.
In the juvenile colts' maiden, a $1.3m son of War Front called Schubert is among three debuting for Ballydoyle. In time, he might ultimately prove the best of these, but, with 16 runners, it promises to be a truly-run race, so experience might count.
Michael O'Callaghan's Blue De Vega ran well when third to General Macarthur on its recent Dundalk bow. If Emmet McNamara's mount improves, he could be the horse to beat.
Aidan O'Brien's Galway winner Landofhopeandglory is one to keep on side in the €40,000 nursery. Newly blinkered stable-mate Dancing On Air is also on duty under O'Brien's daughter Ana, while her fellow five-pound claiming brother Donnacha rides Landofhopeandglory.
A big, handsome sort, the High Chaparral colt made a fine impression when knuckling down at Ballybrit, and the suspicion is that he will yet prove much better than his mark of 90 suggests.