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Wachman's Crystal the one to beat

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

Crystal Highness is a tentative nap selection in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden on this evening's modest Flat card at Tramore, writes Richard Forristal.

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In four outings this term, David Wachman's three-year-old has twice finished second, including when chasing home the classy Wonder Of Wonders at Tipperary in April. While she did disappoint when a well-beaten seventh on her most recent start at Leopardstown at the end of May, that performance was too bad to be true.

Wachman has since allowed Crystal Highness time to recover, and she looks the one to beat in this 12-furlong heat. Of her four rivals, only two others have run, of which Jazz Girl represents a live threat having been placed on her previous two starts.

Trainers Pat Flynn and Vincent Ward have realistic hopes of departing with a brace apiece. Local handler Flynn is fancied to get on the score sheet with Final Flashback and Mister Music Man.

In his sole start at Tramore in the opening claimer last year, Final Flashback ran out a facile eight-length winner, and that ability to handle the course's unique demands will stand to him. He has fallen to a mark of 77 that he should be up to justifying.

Based on his handicap debut third at Ballinrobe in July, Mister Music Man could also be nicely treated now that he steps up to two miles in the London Southend Airport Handicap. Striking Force gets the nod to defy a drop in trip for Meath-based Ward in the last.

Placed over course and distance in June, he reverts to 14 furlongs in this conditions race, and looks reasonably treated when you factor in Sam James' 5lb claim. James could also steer Regal Tramp to victory for Ward in the 12-furlong handicap. Likewise placed twice at Ballybrit, he is the form pick in the seven-runner contest.

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