My Titania returns at Leopardstown
Published 10/06/2015 | 21:36
Fourth in the 2014 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, My Titania has her first start since July when she does battle for the fairer sex in the Listed Copper Face Jacks Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown.
John Oxx's Sea The Stars four-year-old was found to have a chip in her knee after her close-up third in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh last summer and spent some time on the easy list afterwards.
The Group Three-winning two-year-old, now rated 106, faces no easy reintroduction here. Ger Lyons' Brendan Brackan is the one to aim at, accessed as he is as a 109 performer.
A great campaigner for the Glenburnie operator over the last few campaigns, Brendan Brackan, a six-year-old gelded son of Big Bad Bob, has displayed good form at Leopardstown in the past but has not managed a win in five attempts.
Lyons is two-handed, with the rejuvenated Tennessee Wildcat also in the mix. Colin Keane's mount cannot be completely discounted, despite having a bit to find on the book.
French Guineas and Derby also-ran War Envoy could now get his ideal conditions - a fast-run race on fast ground over a mile - but local punters may prefer to look to the likes of Captain Joy.
This grey is well-named as he has brought much enjoyment to his connections with seven wins and many placings.
"He has developed into a great horse for us and ran a hell of a race when third on Good Friday (at Lingfield)," said Captain Joy's trainer Tracey Collins.
"He's had a break since and hasn't run on the grass since last year. It won't be easy for him.
"Ultimately he won't be over-raced and he has developed into a real all-weather specialist and has won plenty of money in Dundalk, so we'll see how he performs on the grass.
"He has improved again this year and he'll have the good ground that he needs to be seen at his best."
Whatever the fate of War Envoy in the feature, Ballydoyle have chances across the card, with newcomers Minding (6.00) and Port Douglas (6.30). To a lesser extent the stable's Best Kept Secret (8.00) and Torrey Pines (9.00) need to be kept in mind, too.