Oxx's Longton can find extra to turn tables on Vector Force
Longton is napped to turn the tables on Vector Force when the two progressive three-year-olds re-oppose in the mile handicap at Naas tonight.
The first-time blinkered He's No Saint is another of the Classic crop to feature in the six-runner heat, as David Marnane opts to drop him out of pattern company for a first since winning his maiden at Meydan in February.
However, Longton and Vector Force have more appeal at the weights, with the John Oxx-trained Longton fancied to have a little extra scope to improve.
Vector Force was odds-on when the two clashed here a fortnight ago, and Ger Lyons' Kodiac gelding lost little in defeat to the in-form Muscle Beach.
Still, it was Longton that caught the eye on its Irish and handicap debut for Oxx, keeping on from the rear to be fourth under Declan McDonogh.
It was an encouraging turn, and while Niall McCullagh's mount has three-and-a-half lengths to find with Vector Force here, he will surely come on for what was his first outing since August. Throw a three-pound swing at the weights into the equation, and he could well prove hard to beat.
Jim Bolger has plenty of live chances on the card, maybe none more so than Tobann and Chance To Dance. Both drop in trip to contest conditions races in which they must concede weight, with Tobann among 10 in the €35,000 Yeomanstown & Morristown Lattin Studs EBF Listed Stakes.
Rae Guest's Fran Berry-ridden Minalisa is one of two cross-channel contenders on duty at the Kildare venue, and other smart local fillies such as Flic Flac and Gathering Power will doubtless be thereabouts.
Nonetheless, Tobann has been on an upward curve of late, showing a good attitude to take a decent Fairyhouse Group Three over seven furlongs earlier in the month. If she copes with the drop to six for a first time in two years, her quality should prevail, and a similar comment applies to Chance To Dance in the Michael Higgins & Co-sponsored mile finale.
In the apprentices' handicap, Donnacha O'Brien is the latest of the esteemed Ballydoyle clan to grace the racecourse when he joins his sister Ana on a James Nash runner, the debutant taking over from his sibling on Our Manekineko. Eljowzah might spoil the party under Gary Halpin, though, Aidan Howard's son of Acclamation boasting the most consistent overall profile.