Tuesday 27 September 2016

Sherlock can find the answer for O'Brien

Thomas Kelly

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

Aidan O’Brien will be turning to Sherlock Holmes in this evening's 13-furlong maiden
Aidan O’Brien will be turning to Sherlock Holmes in this evening's 13-furlong maiden

While Aidan O'Brien will this week try to solve the puzzle of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and win it for the 12th time, he's turning to Sherlock Holmes this evening to provide the solution to the 13-furlong maiden.

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The once-raced son of Galileo, named after Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, looks a worthy favourite for the three-year-old contest.

Joseph O'Brien's mount ran a race full of promise when fifth to Game Set Dash on his debut at the Curragh earlier this month - making good late headway after running very green in the early stages.

The Ballydoyle colt does have a length to make up on Patrick Prendergast's Pincode, which finished third on that occasion, but this should be forthcoming with normal improvement for Sherlock Holmes. A bigger danger to his prospects is likely to be Sense Of Victory which finished a respectable runner-up at Cork last month.

O'Brien also has a runner in the extended nine-furlong handicap - which, like all the races bar one, is sponsored by local firm Vaughan Shoes - but his Best Kept Secret is clearly not one of his leading lights, though the son of Duke Of Marmalade will have a decent each-way chance with the help of Ana O'Brien's 7lb claim.

Fresh from his success at Leopardstown a fortnight ago, Brendan Duke's Uno Voce, which has a 4lb rise to contend with, is likely to attract plenty support but the vote goes to Patrick Martin's No Way Jack.

Feature event on the seven-race card is the Vaughanshoes.ie EBF Fillies Handicap, in which Kevin Prendergast will fancy his chances with Majenta, which returned from a winter break with a victory at the Curragh last month.

However, the aforementioned Martin also has excellent chances of landing this event with Oceania Queen, which showed improved form when winning at Fairyhouse and the lightly-weighted four-year-old is taken to follow up with the assistance of the excellent Tom Madden's 5lb claim.

The action begins with the Irish Farmers Journal Median Auction Maiden, and this could be the ideal opportunity for Eddie Lynam's Benjalina to break its duck, although support for Michael Halford's expensive purchase Lehbab would be significant.

A chance is taken on Annadiamond in the 13-furlong handicap, while Tony Martin's Cillian's Return is hard to oppose in the finale.

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