Sir John Lavery ready to rule at Gowran
Sir John Lavery is nap material at Gowran this afternoon.
The son of Galileo, strikingly, is among the half-dozen Aidan O'Brien-trained colts left in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Presumably he is unlikely to run then but it would be no surprise were he to make into a Group-class performer in time.
Sir John Lavery was a 16/1 chance when making a lovely start to his career at the Curragh recently, third in a useful maiden. He is difficult to oppose now and evidently well-regarded.
The booking of Pat Smullen is certainly notable aboard Cul An Ti for Emmet Mullins in the nursery. This filly must shoulder top weight but she is drawn low and probably not badly handicapped based on her maiden form. Heavy ground did not stop her running a big race on debut.
O'Brien introduces Land Of The Free in the nine-furlong maiden but he wears a tongue-tie on debut and may not be in love with the ground. Preference is for Burning Sword, and that one's trainer may snare a modest auction maiden earlier on with In Somno.
Capri looks the main O'Brien-trained runner of the other five in Saturday's Group One. The Beresford Stakes winner might be joined by Yucatan, Finn McCool, Douglas Macarthur and The Anvil.
Meanwhile, the Turf Club says it would be unwise to comment on an incident at Cork races on Sunday when one of its personnel was assaulted by a racegoer. John Walsh, who works in the security team of the integrity body headed by Chris Gordon, had to be taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose. The track's stable yard man, Anthony McCarthy, was also hit.
The Gardai were called to the Mallow venue. The Turf Club's CEO Denis Egan said: "We are not commenting as the person alleged to have been involved has been arrested and we don't want to prejudice anything that might happen if he is prosecuted."
Gordon Elliott was narrowly denied a four-timer at Roscommon yesterday, Theatre Wine just denied in the opening mares' maiden hurdle and matched for plenty of money on Betfair at 1/100 in-running. The 8/11 favourite was beaten a short head by Colin Bowe's Golden Flowerpower (15/8).
Elliott scored with Death Duty (1/3), Monbeg Worldwide (1/2) and Space Cadet (13/8), all ridden by different jockeys. Death Duty's win in the maiden hurdle was especially impressive.